Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dec 31

Truth #5 – We’re All Prejudiced

By Alicia | uncomfortable truths about people

We are social animals, we humans.  We survive by associating with our tribe and distancing ourselves from not-our-tribe.  It’s deeply wired in.  No matter how much we want to, there is no known way to completely eliminate our tendency to prize the characteristics common to our in-group, whether that’s our gender, race, sexual orientation, favorite ball team, or fill-in-the-blank-here.

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Dec 17

Truth #4 – Fair Pay Rarely Feels Fair

By Alicia | uncomfortable truths about people

Let me explain.

By “fair pay”, I mean the measures of fairness typically used by a business when setting pay – education, experience, market rate, and negotiating power.

By “feel fair” I mean to you, the person in the role, pay is a non-issue.  You aren’t beset with a painful sense that you are paid too little for the value you create. You don’t feel secretly uneasy that you haven’t earned all of the dollars showing up in your bank account.   It feels fair.

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Dec 14

Truth #3 – The Meeting After the Meeting is Where Real Decisions are Made

By Alicia | uncomfortable truths about people

You’ve seen it happen.  The team meets, discusses issues, and comes to apparent conclusions largely influenced by the biggest-title-in-the-room.  Then, after the meeting, a few people huddle in the hallway saying the things that should have been said in the room.  The color interpretations.  The queries about “what that really meant when so-and-so said that thing.” The next courses of action…or in-action.

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Dec 14

Truth #1 – Not Everyone is Cut Out for Leadership

By Alicia | uncomfortable truths about people

Nope.  Not even most people and maybe not even you.  Not even if everyone gets trained in the latest, most coolest leadership capability model you or your CEO have read a book about.  Not even then.

The most effective leaders are born with baseline talents AND they do the work of building skills, knowledge, and habits of greatness.  Both are necessary and neither by itself is sufficient.

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