Top managers around the world share certain beliefs that distinguish them from the rest. Read on to find out how their views work.
1. Business is an ecosystem, not a combat zone.
Average bosses perceive business as warfare and tend to treat competitors as "enemies" and customers as "territory".
2. A company is a community, not a machine.
Average bosses see their firm as a machine and employees as wheels. They develop inflexible structures and try to exercise control.
Extraordinary bosses view their firm as an assortment of singular hopes, which are linked to a higher purpose.
3. Management is service, not control.
Average bosses require employees to follow orders. They are aware of anything resembling disobedience and stifle individual initiative.
Extraordinary bosses establish a course of action and are then committed to conferring the resources necessary to conducting business, allowing their people to make decisions.
4. My employees are my peers, not my children.
Average bosses consider employees as lesser, callow beings who can only be trusted if they are supervised by a “grown-up” management.
Extraordinary bosses regard each employee as the most crucial person in the company. Thus employees across levels become accountable for their workload.
5. Motivation comes from vision, not from fear.
Average bosses see fear as a major form of motivation. Consequently, both employees and managers become incapable of taking risks.
Extraordinary bosses motivate people to envision and partake in a better future so employees work harder because they trust the company’s mission.
6. Change equals growth, not pain.
Average bosses understand change as a threat.
Extraordinary bosses view change as an integral aspect of life. For them, embracing new ideas is an important path to success.
7. Technology offers empowerment, not automation.
Average bosses believe that technology is mainly a means of reinforcing executive control.
Extraordinary bosses see technology as a means to boosting creativity and forging stronger bonds.
8. Work should be fun, not mere toil.
Average bosses consider work a necessary evil and think employees share this view. In this equation, they are the oppressors and the employees the victims.
Extraordinary bosses see work as pleasure and feel it is their duty to assign roles that will fulfill employees.