By James R. Lucas
This article explores 12 destructive misperceptions that managers tenaciously hold to - approximately project statements, teamwork, incentives, caliber, swap administration, and extra. It outlines useful managerial talents, reminiscent of easy methods to set reasonable company targets, bring up motivation, and develop staff paintings.
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Additional info for Fatal illusions: shredding a dozen unrealities that can keep your organization from success
Organizations spend an unbelievable amount of time and energy attempting to treat symptoms. Much of this effort merely shuffles illusions around. Finding and facing truth is hard enough, given our human propensity to cling to and seek out illusions. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that the situations we're in aren't static. Everythingvisions, directions, needs, customers, rosterskeeps changing. We have the stress-filled assignment of finding reality in the eye of a hurricane. And we've got to find it before the 175-mile-per-hour winds hit again.
Deciding to make deep core changes puts us on a path of uncomfortable and inexact effort. It takes soul sweat to initiate and sustain the process of change. "Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better," said Samuel Johnson, the famous British novelist. It's so much easier to reinterpret (or be selective about) advice and inputs so that we won't have to make any major adjustments. We want the minimum of work and the minimum of pain, the easy life rather than the successful life, smooth operations rather than stunning achievement.
And we can hold on to that perceptionright up to the moment that one or more of those people move heaven and earth to bring us to our knees. Perception is not reality. Perception is perception, and it can be either right or wrong, good or bad, helpful or not helpful, depending to a great extent on how well it aligns in the long run with reality. Our perceptions have intrinsic value only as they correspond ever more Page 9 closely to the reality that surrounds us. Illusions lead to confusion, inconsistency, and sabotage of stated goals.