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The Shrinking Pool of Leaders

This is the abbreviated version of Dan Bobinski's weekly newspaper column. You can read the full column here

Many companies are having problems finding people interested in leading projects. Perhaps it’s because too many leaders are being skewered on the public rotisserie whenever they make a mistake.

Add to that too many armchair quarterbacks criticizing every action, too many political games, and too many extra hours and headaches without compensation.

Usually, when something goes awry under a person’s leadership, regardless of whether or not the leader had any ability to predict the error, it’s the leader who takes the fall. For some reason, people get pleasure out of bringing vengeance against those in charge.

John G. Miller, author of QBQ: The Question Behind the Question, says, “Everyone screams for ‘accountability,’ but too often what is really meant is ‘Heads will roll!’ In most situations, firing an experienced, competent, well-intentioned person serves no one.” Miller says “Instead of wasting precious time and energy looking for scapegoats when things go wrong, let's ask, ‘What can I do to help?’ and just focus on solving the problem.”

Amen, John Miller.
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