Do What You Said You Will Do

PMI Southern Alberta Chapter

Mike Griffiths is a consultant and trainer who help organizations improve performance through shared leadership, agility and (un)common sense. He maintains the blog

Just because it is easy to add subliminal messages to PowerPoint presentations doesn’t mean we should. In theory, by making a white box that covers your message disappear to reveal it--and having the message under that box then also disappear on a linked timing of, say, 100th of a second, we can easily populate our presentations with some affirmative messages and helpful suggestions!

I used to joke with my team that since I took my PMP exam before PMI introduced the Code of Ethics, I didn’t need to be ethical. While true about the timing, ethics are the foundation of long-term performance and job satisfaction. This article explains this link and draws some observations for making better decisions.

In the best selling book Leadership Challenge, authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner report the findings of a long-running study. In trying to find out what characteristics make the best leaders, they asked people to rank which of the following attributes people rate highest in leaders they admire and enjoy working for. The options they provided to choose from were:

From over 75,000 participants, across all cultural differences and demographics, the single highest-rated attribute of a good leader, year after year, is being “honest.” People will not willingly work with a leader that they know to be …

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