In 2011, David Conley’s life blew up.
He was working in a job he hated as a Technology Executive for the Government. He was 330 pounds and he had multiple serious medical issues that his doctor told him, point-blank, would lead to an early death. In short, he was miserable.
One day David came home from his soul-sucking job to find his wife sick on the couch, struggling to breathe. Sixty hours after he checked her into the hospital, he had to do the unimaginable: David turned off his Wife’s life support system.
His world stopped. The light in his life had gone out and he had to fight for his life......
We can all imagine what a Stubborn Boss looks like, but how do they get this way and how does it become a dysfunctional leadership pattern? Most of the time, a Boss becomes stubborn by closing their mind to outside ideas and opinions and facts and clinging to the desire to be right. In effect, they want to win rather than admit that someone or something else might be more correct than they are.
In effect, they has one key problem, their ego. This is a common trap for a few people that want a management title for selfish reasons, rather than for altruistic reasons. They want to lead a team for the prestige of being a boss, which means they want to be above others, rather than for helping people and initiatives to become better.
So essentially, we’re seeing weak emotional intelligence (EI), defined by self-awareness, self management, relationship awareness and relationship management. The Stubborn Boss is unaware of an underlying insecurity. Their position is their security. It’s as if they are saying “I’m the Boss, so I must be right”. They look for respect from others by holding firm to their convictions, even when it seems illogical.
What people can do to survive? Here are several strategies that you can try......
“The world is an adventure”
Paul Spencer is powered by passion. Having spent his career in Aviation, Paul believes that all aviation passengers, be it young, old, frequent business flyer or leisure passengers, are all inextricably linked and share one common life experience: We were all once that young child staring out of the terminal window wondrously gazing towards the aircraft due to fly us on our first ever flight. As with all young children, we were excited, enthralled and passionate about travelling to somewhere new.
“We should grab opportunities with both hands and whatever the task; do it to the best of our ability with enthusiasm and above all passion!”
Throughout his career in aviation, Paul has worked for leading international carriers and today he remain deeply passionate about the aviation and tourism industries. Paul deliberately aims to become a strategic game changing influencer who is an inspirational and motivational leader bridging sales to success.....
In these days of unprecedented organizational competition, leading people can be more challenging than ever before. So when someone arranges support for NGOs and non-profit leaders around the world, this sets them apart.
Ben is an award winning entrepreneur who specializes in the Business and Executive Coaching industry. He is President of the World Business & Executive Coach Summit, Co-Founder of Conversational Intelligence for Coaches, Co-Founder of The Coach Master Toolkit and Founder of EthicalCoach
WBECS has grown to become the world's leading event for the industry with over 22,000 attendees from over 150 Countries. An example of the Speakers include Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Ken Blanchard, John C. Maxwell, Daniel Pink, Brian Tracy, David Allen Brandon Burchard and the Heads of each of the largest coaching organizations....
You don’t have to be the CEO of a Fortune 100 company to be considered a great leader. Some of the best leaders are defined by the influence they have on others, no matter what their title may be. You know you’re on the right track when you find yourself hanging out with Sir Richard Branson on his private island in the Caribbean. But how did you get here?
Peter Clarke is a Rare Gem in the world of leadership. As an accomplished Multimedia Producer, Philanthropy Channel President, Consultant and Entrepreneur, he describes his greatest achievement as staying humble and “shamelessly enthusiastic”. Peter believes that what makes someone a great leader is not what our business card says, but how we relate to others, and that comes from within.
“Watch what people do and they will show you who they are”
The World needs more Inspiring Leaders, but what do we do when we have an Intolerable Boss? On the first week of every month, the “Leadership Brothers” get together to expose another Intolerable Boss and explore what YOU can do to survive.
On this Episode of Intolerable Bosses, we’re exposing Indecisive Bosses, brought to you by our Sponsor, The OTUS Group at OTUSgroup.com
Here are some Shocking Stats: 27% of people who work for a bad boss quit as soon as they secure a new job, and that may not sound alarming but 11% will quit without having secured a new job!!! That is alarming. But here is the sad part: Nearly 60% of people working for Bad Bosses just stay put. It’s what Psychologists term “Learned Helplessness”: They wallow in their own daily misery and overwhelming stress, and of course this affects their physical and mental health. It doesn’t need to be this way.
This week we’re Inspiring Game Changers with Motivational Speaker, Podcast Host and Sports Agent, Molly Fletcher.
(Apologies for the technical difficulties on this recording!)
“Success isn’t an accident. It doesn’t just happen. It takes a whole lot of effort”
Throughout her career as a Big League Sports Agent, Molly Fletcher had the opportunity to work with hundreds of the best athletes, coaches and broadcasters in the World. The parallels between the lessons she learned from sports and those that play out in the business world every day are endless.
“The world sees that big moment, but as their Agent, you see all that hard work that came together.”
In 2010, Molly founded her own company with a Vision To inspire game changers in every field. Hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly Fletcher inspires audiences around the world as a keynote speaker, drawing on success stories from her former life as a sports agent and sharing lessons learned from the best.
“Talent isn’t enough. It’s talent plus perseverance, plus passion, plus work ethic…”
Become inspired to Make A Difference with our Inspiring Leader this week, Jess Ekstrom.
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“Business and giving back shouldn’t be two different things”
Jess Ekstrom is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer.
Headbands Of Hope has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. But more importantly, they've donated over 100,000 headbands to every children's hospital in the United States and 6 countries. Jess is also a professional speaker, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.
“Social responsibility in business is not a trend. Giving back is going to be an expectation for businesses”
This week, Execution and People at the Best Strategy on the Inspiring Leaders Podcast.
“The days of the Superhero are gone. These are the days of the Justice League.”
Joseph Elkhoury is an industry Advisor for Upstream Oilfield Services and Digitalization in Oil and Gas . He served as Chief Operating Officer of TETRA Technologies, Inc. (TTI) from 2014 until 2017 where he managed around 5,000 employees and over $1.2B in revenue with several divisions offering products and services in many domestic and international markets. Joseph also served as a member of the Board of Directors of CSI-Compressco (CCLP) from 2015 until 2017. But it was during his tenure at TETRA Tech that Joseph envisioned, designed and rolled out “Dedicated To The Core” where employees were rated on 16 essential behaviours that directly contributed to the company’s core mission. It has been hailed as one of the most effective strategic planning and performance management systems anywhere.
“Life gives you the Test first, then the Lesson”
Controlling Bosses feel their experience and proficiency led to their advancement and entitle them to make all the decisions. They may or may not be Micromanaging Bosses, but they certainly insist on controlling the decision-making within their team. They will decide and who holds the Veto Power.
The problem with Controlling Bosses is they undervalue contributions from their team and peers, believing that the best decisions will come from within rather than others. This ego-centric perspective results in others that give up on being heard and lose faith that their contributions will be valued. As a result, the Controlling Boss becomes a bottleneck for the Team’s output. They can only produce results at the pace of the Boss rather than the exponential capacity of the team. Plus, a lack of perspective evolves when decisions are centralized, and the magic of diverse thought and innovative ideas is lost.
People working for Controlling Bosses have options:
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