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The Pope, Adam Sandler, and Five Ways to Ruin Great Associates

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

5. You are seen as a pessimist.

Great associates want to come to work. They enjoy; challenging goals, seeing projects completed, and results occurring inside their organization. Everyone has off-days, but a continual need to be propped up by your employees will result in draining their energy. Remember, be there for them, and they will be there for you.

4. You are seen as moody.

Can your associates play a Price is Right-dartboard style game before every meeting to guess what "mood" you might be in? The most important thing a leader needs to be successful is communication from their staff. Hindering important corporate feedback due to a fear of a moody manager doesn't bode well long term.

3. Procrastination.

Catch yourself saying, "Yeah, that is something we need to get to?" a little too often? Associates can see this and unintentionally learn by osmosis.

If something isn't currently being worked on, skip the appearance of getting to it later, strike it from the active list and come back to it.

2. Low or no trust in your direct reports.

Delegate. The word derives from Legate(n.) around 12c. It's old Latin for "Authorized representative of the Pope." If the Pope can trust someone to get the job done correctly, so can you. And if not, it's the perfect teaching moment—a win-win either way.

1. Withhold necessary information from your team.

I can't remember the exact Adam Sandler movie, but the line goes something like, "This could have been brought to my attention YESTERDAY!". This should be the last thing your associate is thinking while attending a meeting you are leading.

Give your team the information they need to succeed.

Give your team the information you need to succeed.


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