It is perhaps appropriate that we end this series on ‘How To Get On’ with a few thoughts on leadership. I should say that great strategists do not necessarily make great leaders. While we may all aspire to being in charge, it’s not a path that I would encourage everyon...
I confess I wasn’t the most comfortable Head of Planning. I found people’s ambitions often ran ahead of their delivery, and my capacity to reward them. This is a guide I developed to give people some means of judging their progress.
Do you have the same appraisal every year? I did. Do you mainly pass over the positives and obsess about the negatives? Do you resent the criticism, take it as a personal slight, try to establish who exactly made those comments?... I did.
I used to believe there was only one correct answer to every problem. Now I believe there are many correct answers. The challenge is to establish the correct answer that best suits the Client’s character and personality.