Results Over Style (9/18)

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Many years ago as a young general manager, I worked for a division of a ‘Fortune 100’ company. At an informal get-together, one of my bosses (a Senior VP of Operations) recounted a short list of the principles that he utilized in managing his people. One of those principles stuck in my mind and became an important part of my personal leadership philosophy: “Results are more important than style.”

In a competitive economic environment, losing motivated, creative employees likely puts an organization onto a path that leads to mediocrity. So while it wasn’t always possible to utilize every new idea, I regularly encouraged the creative thinkers who worked for me. And I firmly believe that they often gave my unit a solid competitive edge! 

Contributor: Timothy G. Wiedman, D.B.A.

Written by James Metcalfe

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