|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 625|
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"THE BEST (AND WORST) WAY TO WORK WITH A DIFFICULT BOSS." (LIZ WISEMAN AND JOHN WOODEN)
John Wooden Video Clip (2 min. 5 sec.): Coach Wooden discusses : "Being Thankful": A great perspective!
Liz Wiseman is a bestselling author, researcher, and elite leadership coach. In her New York Times bestseller, Multipliers: she researched over 150 leaders worldwide.
In her book, Wiseman describes how to be ineffective and effective when dealing with a difficult boss:
"My research showed that the five least effective strategies in dealing with a difficult boss are: 1) confront them, 2) avoid them, 3) comply and lie low, 4) convince them you are right, and 5) take HR action.
It is never wise to go head-to-head with a headstrong person, especially the boss. When facing an impasse, try regrouping and resetting your aspiration—instead of attempting to win, just stay in the game.
A former executive at Apple Inc. shared her strategy for pitching ideas to Steve Jobs. She knew there was little chance of prevailing once Steve became agitated or opinionated. Rather than argue her points, she listened, acknowledging his point of view. She then asked for time to think through his ideas and come back with a plan. While she regrouped, Steve became less entrenched.
When she returned a few days later with a plan that incorporated the best of both their ideas, she found a receptive audience, and the plan advanced."
Ben Franklin used to remark diplomatically, "On this point, I agree. But on the other, if you don’t mind, may I take exception?"
Coach Wooden had two great pieces of advice on this topic:
Are you effective at working with a difficult boss?
Yours in Coaching,
Mine is a song of hope
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
For more information visit www.woodenswisdom.com
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