Two Leadership Traps: How To Avoid Them. How To Get Out Of them (Part 1)

Written by Brent Filson

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I asked if I could sit in on a team meeting to scope outrepparttar situation. "Be my guest," he said. "But I don't see what good it'll do. The problem isn't inrepparttar 142538 meetings. Everybody agrees what needs to get done when they're inrepparttar 142539 meetings. The problem isrepparttar 142540 results afterrepparttar 142541 meetings."

The meeting had been going only for only a couple of minutes when I saw what was wrong. Afterwards, alone in his office, I told him: "They're notrepparttar 142542 problem. YOU'RErepparttar 142543 problem. You've fallen into two leadership traps."

He looked at me incredulously. "What traps?"

I explained that leaders often fall into traps that prevent them from gettingrepparttar 142544 full measure of results they're capable of. Andrepparttar 142545 deadliest traps are oftenrepparttar 142546 ones of their own making.

The first trap isrepparttar 142547 "I need . . . " trap.

Leaders fall into this trap when they say, "I need you to hitrepparttar 142548 marketing targets, I need you to get more productive, I need you to (fill inrepparttar 142549 blank)". I NEED ... I NEED ... I NEED ....

Why is this a trap? The answer:repparttar 142550 Leader's Fallacy. The Leader's Fallacy isrepparttar 142551 mistaken belief by leaders that their own needs are automatically reciprocated byrepparttar 142552 needs ofrepparttar 142553 people they lead. It's a fallacy because automatic reciprocity doesn't exist. But so many leaders go blithely along driven byrepparttar 142554 Fallacy and so fall intorepparttar 142555 "I need . . . " trap.

For instance,repparttar 142556 marketing leader thought he was motivating people to get great results. However, duringrepparttar 142557 meeting, he was constantly repeating, "I need ... ". So, in reality, he was ordering people to get average results. Of course, leaders don't order people to get average results. But average results are usuallyrepparttar 142558 outcome of order leadership.

The order isrepparttar 142559 lowest form of motivation. The order leader's focus of my-way-or-the-highway can't get great results from people on a consistent basis simply because people usually can't be ordered to undertake extraordinary endeavors. They must choose to do so. When he said, "The bad news is they ONLY do what I tell them.", he was unknowingly afflicting them. They were simply responding to an order then going into a kind of suspended animation (masked by busy work) untilrepparttar 142560 next order came along.

In Part 2, I'll describe how to get out of this trap.

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The author of 23 books, Brent Filson's recent books are, THE LEADERSHIP TALK: THE GREATEST LEADERSHIP TOOL and 101 WAYS TO GIVE GREAT LEADERSHIP TALKS. He has been helping leaders of top companies worldwide get audacious results. Sign up for his free leadership e-zine and get a free white paper: "49 Ways To Turn Action Into Results," at

Interior Design For Bargain Hunters

Written by Rosemary Leake

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An aspect of interior design for bargain hunters that many people do not ever even consider isrepparttar labor involved with creatingrepparttar 142335 designs. This can include services such as painting, moving, carpet cleaning, ect. Labor prices arerepparttar 142336 end of interior design that often arerepparttar 142337 most costly (withrepparttar 142338 exception of furniture and flooring). Bargain hunting for labor is a bit different then bargain hunting for actual physical items. You might think that perhaps you can afford to hire someone for less actual dollars an hour that possess perhaps less skill then another more expensive worker. This is a tricky aspect of interior design for bargain hunters.

Keep in mind that many times workers who have more experience or are better skilled at a certain task will completerepparttar 142339 work at a faster pace thenrepparttar 142340 unskilled worker, thus actually evening outrepparttar 142341 hourly price, and also there is not as much of a possibility of costly mistakes. So, honestly, depending onrepparttar 142342 skill level ofrepparttar 142343 worker involved, you might be better off withrepparttar 142344 more expensive yet more efficient laborer.

Whateverrepparttar 142345 market or product you are searching for, be a smart, price-savvy comparison shopper and exercise control over spending amounts. Establishing pre-set spending amounts is a form of self-discipline and should be exercised throughoutrepparttar 142346 interior design process. Bargain hunting for interior design can be as simple as taking this principle to heart and applying it to all of your decorating activities.

Finally, hard work and attention to detail can enormously decrease project costs so if you haverepparttar 142347 time andrepparttar 142348 understanding to see an aspect ofrepparttar 142349 designing through yourself, this alone can turn a large budgeted project into a small one. After all, that elbow grease is worth a little something!

Rosemary Leake is an Independent Consultant with Southern Living at Home. Inspired by Southern Living magazine, our exclusive home décor line brings warmth and style to every room of your home! Visit Rosemary's Interior Design website for more articles and resources - Also get your FREE Mini-Report: "A Complete Guide To Interior Design."

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