Re-Framing Your Approach

I’m inspired to tell you a story which originates from Stephen Covey. There was a head of a corporation who was considered a genius and a visionary. He could predict exactly in what direction the organization should go and knew exactly what needed to be done to achieve its goals. His one major flaw was the way he communicated with his executives; he simply ordered them around; “You do this, you do that, you go for this solution, and you go for that solution”. This angered his management staff, who felt that it was a terrible way to be treated. They would berate his behavior when he left the room, and would constantly feel begrudged and de-motivated by his leadership style. However, they did what was demanded, and no more. One executive was the exception to this rule. Sure, he didn’t like being ordered about and regretted the boss’ dictatorial style. But he sat back and reflected that nevertheless, the man was a genius and a visionary. He didn’t join in and complain about how the head made him feel. Instead, he decided to not let it affect his mental state negatively and to choose not to respond negatively to…