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Featured March 2015

Are you being a Lumbergh? Yeah, if you could stop, that would be great.

By Josh Sheets


Josh SheetsIf 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.


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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From the Archives

A Few Characteristics of Good Sales Leaders

At the top level, sales-based companies are necessarily metrics-focused, driven by tangible results. With numbers as the ultimate deliverables, that thinking can pervade the approach some sales leaders use in managing their teams. However, if that’s all they focus on as leaders, it can be a sure way to stunt rather than encourage growth. The managers who help their teams see greater success share some additional approaches and traits....

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