This post is part of the 📖 Nine Lies About Work series.


Today, I am reading the LIE #1: People care which company they work for chapter of the brand new book Nine Lies About Work written by Authors Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall.

TL;DR! 💬

There are some big lies, distortions, faulty assumptions, wrong thinking that we encounter every time we show up for work. Nine lies, to be exact. They cause dysfunction and frustration, ultimately resulting in workplaces that are a pale shadow of what they could be.

By reading Nine Lies About Work, you can get past the lies and discover what’s real. These freethinking leaders recognize the power and beauty of our uniqueness. They know that emergent patterns are more valuable than received wisdom and that evidence is more powerful than dogma.


Yesterday, I finished reading the Introduction chapter from Nine Lies About Work book.

Chapter #1

LIE #1: People care which company they work for

According to the voluminous literature on the topic, culture matters because it has three powerful contributions to make.

  1. Culture tells you who you are at work.
  2. Culture has come to be how we choose to explain success.
  3. Culture is now a watchword for where we want our company to go.

You can validly predict sustained team performance by precisely asking these 8 questions.

  1. I am really enthusiastic about the mission of my company.
  2. At work, I clearly understand what is expected of me.
  3. In my team, I am surrounded by people who share my values.
  4. I have the chance to use my strengths every day at work.
  5. My teammates have my back.
  6. I know I will be recognized for excellent work.
  7. I have great confidence in my company’s future.
  8. In my work, I am always challenged to grow.

By asking the above 8 questions, team members are only rating their feelings and experiences, not their team leader. This is because people are horribly unreliable raters of other people.

If you carefully observe, the questions asked are tactfully aligned to get answers from two categories of experience.

  • We experiences and
  • Me experiences

When you come to excel as a leader of a team, it will be because you’ve successfully integrated these two quite distinct human needs.


Summary

  • We, as team members, want our team leader to make us feel part of something bigger, that you show us how what we are doing together is important and meaningful.

  • Secondly, that you make us feel that you can see us, and connect to us, and care about us, and challenge us in a way that recognizes who we are as individuals.


That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will continue to read the same chapter LIE #1: People care which company they work for.

What lies we've learned so far?
  1. LIE #1: People care which company they work for

    We, as team members, want our team leader to make us feel part of something bigger, that he/she shows us how what we are doing together is important and meaningful. You as a team leader make us feel that you can see us, and connect to us, and care about us, and challenge us in a way that recognizes who we are as individuals.

Nine Lies about Work

Author(s): Marcus Buckingham

Author(s): Ashley Goodall

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