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Inspirational Manager: How to Build Relationships that Deliver Results by Judith Leary-Joyce

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Chapter 5. Focusing your attention

 

 

‘You can’t complain any more – it’s not what you are paid for!’

 
 --Alan Bishop, COI

The ideal manager is one who has drive and ambition without too much ego. As Alan Bishop, at COI, acknowledges, ‘These are contradictory qualities, so, if you find these special people, treasure them.’ He is right, it is a rare combination, but an ideal one for a manager. Drive and ambition keep you striving for strong results and appropriate levels of ego mean that you won’t buy into your own publicity and think you have done it all on your own.

Inspirational managers make a conscious effort to hold both these qualities in balance. By focusing on the team and the business, they can drive for results as well as stretch talent, ...

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