Steve Tobak is a bright guy. To summarize the link above, Mr. Tobak is suggesting you ignore concepts that are being re-packaged under a new name. In that respect, we agree; Leadership/Management Training reminds me of the Dieting industry. Walk through both sections in your local Barnes & Noble and you’ll see what I mean.
Shelves and shelves of books designed to finally help you lose that last 40 pounds. How many “guaranteed” ways to lose weight can possibly be effective?
Dr. Oz has a diet. Vegans have a diet. There’s cabbage soup diets, Dukan diets, Low-carb diets, “Caveman” diets, HCG diets, and the ever-popular Atkins diet [side note, I have a buddy who is a firefighter; when ordering lunch one day at a burger joint, he asked for broccoli as a sub for fries ~ that’s a sign you’ve gone too far].
Similarly, look at the different leadership models you can study; Servant leadership, moral leadership, transparent leadership, transformational leadership, change management (easily the most abused term of the last decade), Situational Leadership™….everybody has a book, a theory, a catchy title (with an even catchier acronym), and a bunch of re-hashed advice that has been marketed for centuries. Literally – we’re still buying “Socratic” leadership, and that dude’s been dead for almost 2,500 years.
Well, if you want to lose weight, put the fork down, put on your sneakers, get your lazy butt off the sofa and exercise.
If you want to be an effective leader? Be nice, be fair, and do unto others as you would have others do unto you [I’m certain I’ve read that somewhere before]. It’s not overly complicated, just heavily merchandised.
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