Park Your Ego At The Door – It’s Not About Being Right 3

“Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the World on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself too seriously.” – Norman Peale. Managing people is not about proving your right. If you’re bent on proving that you’re right and they’re wrong, then you need to pick a different profession. Managing others is about doing whatever it takes to accomplish what it is you need to get done.You’ve got to give up control to get control.

Managing is a team sport. (Together – Everyone – Achieves – More) You and I both know that there are a number of ways to accomplish the same task. Does it really have to be all your way? You have the title of manager. You’re going to get the credit for job well done anyways. (Of course the opposite is also true but don’t let that stop you from allowing your people to do it their way) Try not to get too caught up on the process. (How they go about completing the assigned task) The more that you allow your people to be involved in putting the plan together, the more likely it is that they will be interested in the results. If that means letting them win by doing it their way – as long as it doesn’t compromise the end result – then do it – it’s no big deal.

“Bury your ego. Don’t be the star. Be the star maker.” – Bud Hadfield.

Remember – everyone likes to put their personal stamp on things. You should be prepared to do what ever it takes – to reach your goal – to get everyone on the same page and going in the same direction. If that requires you parking your ego at the door – then so be it. You need your people a great deal more than they need you. You’re going to look pretty silly doing everything yourself. Managing others is about inclusion – not exclusion.


  1. Hi Liz – I appreciate your comment. Do you have an e-reader? Let me know – I’d like to send you an electronic copy of my book – “Confessions of a Reformed Control Freak – The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid Them” – Talk soon, Brian


  2. Hi Brian! No I don’t unfortunately, or maybe it’s fortunately :). I thank you for the offer though! I really appreciate the sage advice presented and I think it is important to keep reminding businesses of these issues. I feel, also, that as time wears on, we are going to lose of the integrity that drives a solid business, unless proffesional developement is empowered.


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