On followers, reading minds and The Littlest Hobo


Here’s your What? Who? Where? When? Why? How? for the week.

WHAT type of follower are you?

By considering the quality of our followership skills, and prompting conversations about the type of followers that contribute to the success of organisations, we can promote participation, celebrate critical thinking and achieve better outcomes together.

Leaders, Followers And Trusted Advisors | Christina Lovelock (Text at BA Times)

WHO is reading your mind?

Arguably, one of the reasons that techniques like Barnum statements work is they are beautifully non-specific.  They allow the subject (whose mind is being ‘read’) to project any meaning onto them that they want. They are easy to agree to, they feel so personal, so targeted… but they’re not.  

Project Outcome or Barnum Statement? | Adrian Read (Text at Adrian Reed’s Blog)

WHERE are you leaving a legacy?

The Littlest Hobo about a stray dog who travelled around, moving from town to town, befriending and helping people in need. And despite the wishes of the many people whom he helped to adopt him, he preferred to go his own way and would head off once the situation no longer called for his attention.

A consulting lesson from The Littlest Hobo | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHEN will the task be complete?

“How are you coming on implementing that subsystem, Yvette?” asked the project manager, Dave. “Pretty good, Dave. I’m about 90 percent done.” Dave was puzzled. “Didn’t you say you were 90 percent done a couple of weeks ago?” he asked. Yvette replied, “Yes, I thought I was, but now I’m really 90 percent done.”

Tracking Project Status with Requirements | Karl Wiegers (Text at Modern Analyst)

WHY should I keep digging deeper?

Last week I talked about ‘starting’, and why it’s the most important thing you’ll ever do as an entrepreneur. This week I’m going to talk about the second most important thing you’ll ever do as an entrepreneur. And like so many of life’s lessons, there’s a story that captures the idea perfectly.

Why You Should Keep Going with Your Blog | Darren Rowse (Text at Problogger)

HOW can I develop a strategic mindset?

Μindset is the heart of the revolution in management. How you think and act matters more than ever before in our complex world full of challenges. The difference between the good and the great is the difference between your mindset and your skill set. 

The Invisible Advantage of Strategic Mindset and how to develop it | Giorgos Sioutzos (Text at Modern Analyst)

Until next Sunday, keep growing,

— Joe

Chief Training Officer at the Business Change Academy
Editor for Inter-View Report and Podcast Host on OneSixEight FM.

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