Are you being a Lumbergh? Yeah, if you could stop, that would be great.
By Josh Sheets
If you’ve seen Office Space, then you’re familiar with Bill Lumbergh, the smarmy, overbearing manager and his passive-aggressive approach to assigning tasks (“Yeeeeaaaaahhhh…I’m going to need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow.”). His managerial tactics are nauseating at best, and destructive at worst. Aside from getting us to laugh, this character serves as an excellent cautionary tale for leaders. However, the moral of that tale is not what you might think.
Sure, Lumbergh was the ultimate example of the self-serving micro-manager and we’re all well advised to avoid those traits; but who hasn’t already heard that advice? Simply saying, don’t be a micro-manager is about as helpful as the motivational poster hanging above my desk, (and equally stale.)
More fundamental, and the thing that truly ailed this anti-hero was his own lack of self-awareness. In other words, Lumbergh didn’t realize he was being a “Lumbergh.” Which begs the question: Are You Self-Aware?
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Book Review: Essentialism by Greg McKeown
By Diane Byington Ph.D.
At social occasions I hear a similar complaint repeated over and over: “I’m too busy. I've got to find some way to cut down on some of my activities.” I recommend the new book Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, as a way to decide which activities to cut and which to keep.
According to McKeown, Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn't mean just doing less. It’s about doing only what is essential so you can operate at your highest point of contribution....
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