Jul 23 2012
Find out what people can do and ask them to do a little more. John Gardner, the former director of Time, Inc. had a brilliant career as a manager by understanding human potential. He recognized that most people were told early in life that they were limited and couldn’t go beyond a certain level.
He gave his workers responsibility a little beyond what they could do, supporting them at first but also challenging them to exceed their self-imposed limited. He knew the best way for people to expand their potential was to have goals to strive for. Long before the craze for “teams,” he believed in synergy… so he brought out the best in people by putting them in groups that works toward a common purpose.
“I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don’t want to do and like it.” ~Harry S. Truman