Thursday 19 December 2013

What's the 12 things GOOD Bosses belief in?

large_199Oh boy oh boy! It's Christmas time already! How exciting!Between being buried under my books (counselling psychology- where I am currently studying about specific issues like addictions, post traumatic disorder etc), learning more about branding and cloud computing and spending lost time with my family I chanced upon this which made me really excited and I must must share this with all of you. Especially if you are currently a leader or aspiring to be. I have a love for checklists. It's simple and highly applicable.

ALL credit goes to Professor Bob Sutton from Standford University for this wonderful checklist of beliefs. I have also typed it out in a pdf format if you would like to print it and put it up in your office. For those of you struggling with your bosses, I recommend you print it out use it as a gift wrap for whatever you are giving them.

12 Beliefs of Good Bosses download

1. I have a flawed and incomplete understanding of what it feels like to work for me.

2. My success – and that of my people- largely depends on being the master of the obvious and mundane things, not on a magical, obscure, or breakthrough ideas or methods.

3. Having ambitious and well-defined goals is important, but it is useless to think about them much. My job is to focus on the small wins that enable my people to make a little progress every day.

4. One of the most important, and difficult parts of my job is to strike the delicate balance between being too aggressive and not assertive enough.

5. My job is to serve as a human shield, to protect my people from external intrusions, distractions and idiocy of every stripe- and to avoid imposing my own idiocy on them as well.

6. I strive to be confident enough to convince people that I am in charge, but humble enough to realize that I am often going to be wrong.

7. I aim to fight as if I am right, and listen as if I am wrong- and to teach my people to do the same thing.

8. One of the best tests of my leadership – and my organization – is “what happens after people make a mistake?”

9. Innovation is crucial to every team and organization. So my job is to encourage my people to generate and test all kinds of new ideas. But it is also my job to help kill off all the bad ideas we generate, and most of the good ideas too.

10. Bad is stronger than good. It is more important to eliminate the negative than to accentuate the positive.

11. How I do things is as important as what I do.

12. Because I wield power over others, I am at great risk of acting like an insensitive jerk- not realizing it”

Have a jolly Christmas wherever you may be everyone.

In the giving we receive.


Ramesh Muthusamy and Family.

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