Gary Crow Presents Audio Tidbits

Beating The Peter Principle

"In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." (Laurence J. Peter) This maxim is known as the Peter Principle and is thought to account for the fact that there are incompetent people at all organizational levels, although not necessarily at a given level in a specific organization. Peter's notion is that people are promoted based on their competence at a lower level. The pool of people who are eligible for promotion to any level in an organization is limited to individuals who have demonstrated competence at a lower level. If you are the employee, you will keep getting promoted until you eventually get a position for which you aren't competent. That's as far "up" as you will go; and since everyone knows that is how it works, you will stay there until you quit or retire. Since Peter is right, at least to some extent, how can this organizational tendency be best managed? Tune in to find out.

 

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Leave Mine To Me

"No one wants advice -- only corroboration." (John Steinbeck) This may be excessively cynical but does capture a grain of truth. The nub of it is in determining exactly what is being corroborated. Steinbeck's idea is that, instead of advice, people want you to confirm and add your support to something. As you think about this, consider Plutarch's dictum, "Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores" (You keep to your own ways, and leave mine to me.) as well as the words of Bill Cosby, "A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice," speaking of cynical points of view. To advise or not to advise, that may be the question. As you ponder your options, Tolkien's perspective in The Lord of the Rings expresses some of that advice that you may or may not find confirming. Tune in to consider the advice for yourself.

 

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How To Lead

If you have the time and resources, collecting a substantial library dedicated to "leadership" is not particularly difficult. Readily available are thousands of scholarly and popular books, articles, audio and video tutorials and such. If there is a clever way to present ideas and concepts, it has been used to present and promote "leadership." I point this out only as a perspective on this tidbit. Think of it as but a thought in a sea of knowledge about leaders and leadership. Tune in to consider a few leadership strategies and to give a moment's thought to the problem with leadership strategies.

 

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Viewpoint: Child Protection Reform #2

This is the second tidbit in this ongoing series focusing on child protection reform. If the topic interests you, please tune in. If not, skip to the next audio tidbit or click on one of the categories you are curious about.

 

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Extra: The Frustration Factor - Warriors

Brent Miller, Research and Development manager of the CAG Corp.{{pause=0.30}}, is quietly confident.{{pause=0.30}} He makes a last minute check of the cable connections and adjusts the focus on the projector.{{pause=0.30}} This is the best shot he will get at the funding for the test installation.{{pause=0.30}} He spent the last three weeks getting this presentation together and feels confident.{{pause=0.30}} This time he has it right.{{pause=0.30}} There will be no rerun of January's fiasco. And so starts the war. Do you ever have to deal with people who are ready to go to war over anything, with anyone, any time, anywhere? If so, tune in.

 

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