Confidence and Competence

Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? That is the crucial question tackled by HBR.

The answer in a nutshell: an "inability to discern between confidence and competence."

But what of the followers?

"Freud argued that the psychological process of leadership occurs because a group of people — the followers — have replaced their own narcissistic tendencies with those of the leader, such that their love for the leader is a disguised form of self-love, or a substitute for their inability to love themselves."

And unfortunately,

"Most of the character traits that are truly advantageous for effective leadership are predominantly found in those who fail to impress others about their talent for management."




"It has always involved sending smart outsiders into organizations for a finite period of time and asking them to recommend solutions for the most difficult problems confronting their clients."

But today the consulting industry is undergoing tremendous change.  It's a disruption that other professional services should heed - namely, management and leadership training, and professional development.

What does the disruption look like?  Technology

"One of the most intriguing of these is McKinsey Solutions, software and technology-based analytics and tools that can be embedded at a client, providing ongoing engagement outside the traditional project-based model."

Don't believe me?  See what Clay Christensen has to say about it over at the HBR.

Start-up Thinking

Start-ups often think they are inventing something new - kind of like teenagers. Latest case in point: new management styles and jargon. Encapsulated in "we do organization without organization" or "we have no managers" manifestos. They can be bowled over by a new way to run a meeting - anything with an acronym is especially compelling. Why? Because most start-up founders and many of their employees have never been around great management or frankly, a well run meeting.

You don't need jargon or need to adopt a whole new organizational paradigm to figure out meetings and eliminate their problems.

All you need to do is learn how to communicate effectively. Unfortunately, there isn't a fancy fun term or a program you can license for it. Worse, it requires a lot of self-awareness. Which requires hard, ongoing work.

Kind of makes boring meetings seem worth it.