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Well, it’s time for a garage sale to clear out all of the old leadership tools that are just sitting on the shelves. As valuable as those ideas used to be and as much as I hate to throw away leadership tools that might be valuable some day, I have to admit that this stuff is never going to be used. It’s time to make room for 21st century thinking and get rid of the clutter.
I mean, in this age of virtual workers what in the world would anyone do with Management by Walking Around? Come on.
And the 5-Minute Manager. Five minutes? Really? Who stands still that long any more?
Then there’s Jack Welch’s practice to fire the bottom 20% of performers every year. That’s great, but we have an enormous shortage of people with the training to do the jobs that are open right now. This idea has to go.
What about Command and Control? That’s been around a long time, so I probably should keep that. No, wait a minute. Even the U.S. Army has abandoned that one. I probably won’t even get a quarter for it at my garage sale.
We just have to face it: All those techniques are so 20th century. I mean, those old leadership notions of long ago won’t work today any more than we can cure the avian flu with leaches and bloodletting.
Look, here’s what to do: Contact your competitors and tell them I’m having a garage sale on leadership ideas. Maybe they’ll buy some of that old stuff while you’re following the Fully Alive Leadership principles and you’ll have a competitive edge.
And I can clean up my garage.
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