Hey Boss, Listen UP

Posted in General Information on May 27th, 2013 by Jim Suthers – Be the first to comment

What do you do about “malicious compliance” from one or more of your subordinates?

First you have to understand what malicious compliance is. That is when one or more of your team is withholding the 100% effort needed to get the job done. They will do just what you tell them to do, sort of, but they won’t give you any more than that. There will be no new ideas. There will be no extra hours worked when you need them most. There will be the silence and the sullen looks, and conversations stop when you walk by.

Ya Gotta Have Courage!

Posted in Leadership on October 21st, 2012 by Jim Suthers – Be the first to comment

Courage is a common denominator in all leaders. If you do not have it, you will fail as a leader. Managers can hide behind the rules. Leaders break rules and make new ones. That takes courage.

Am I saying you can’t be a leader without the courage of General Patton or Jack Welch? Of course not.

But to be truly successful as a leader and to go as far as your talents will take you, you will have to have the strength of your convictions. You will have to be able to speak up even when it would seem wise to keep a low profile.

Colin Powell Article and Being A Class Act

Posted in General Information on May 29th, 2012 by Jim Suthers – Be the first to comment

I’m going to change pace today. I want to refer you to an article I saw by retired General Colin Powell in a supplement to my Sunday paper on May 20, 2012.

General Powell’s article is titled, ‘Kindness Works’. It’s a great article. It’s adopted from his new book, ‘It Worked For Me’, published by Harper Collins.

I quoted General Powell several times in my book ‘Surviving & Thriving in the HR World’ when I gave examples of those who I saw as having a leader image. I did so because he was a leader and he always knew he was on display wherever he went. He knew he had an image that was being watched. He knew the people he led expected him to act like a leader.

Leaders & Managers – Here’s More

Posted in Leadership on March 23rd, 2012 by Jim Suthers – Be the first to comment

As I said in the previous post. I am making two points here. One is that leaders back their people when the going gets tough. The other is that successful leaders never give up.

Now back to you. What do you do when one of your team members gets into trouble?

One of the worst things you could do as a leader is to leave one of your team members behind when they need you most.

Leaders & Manager – Here’s more

Posted in Leadership on March 18th, 2012 by Jim Suthers – Be the first to comment

Ask yourself, what do the following people all have in common?

• Adolph Hitler
• Nelson Mandela
• Margaret Thatcher
• General Dwight D. Eisenhower
• Winston Churchill
• General George S. Patton
• General Colin Powell
• Franklin D. Roosevelt
• Jack Welch

They all are or were leaders.

So your comment might be:

“Wait a minute! I agree with most of them, but you can’t call that mad man Hitler a leader!”