This is Paul Venables speaking, continuing my blog of 9-3-13, where he encourages people starting out to ask for the toughest jobs: “Fear-based motivation and overt competition generally don't work or only work for a short time. When competition is presented as ‘two parties are going to dance and we’re going to pick who wins,’ creativity is suffocated. You may get results once or twice because you lit a fire and people performed. But as an ongoing way to cultivate creativity, I think you have to make people feel you believe in them. It's a simple as that.” (“Just Starting? Always Ask for the Toughest Jobs” by Adam Bryant in the New York Times 6-30-13 features an interview with Venables, the founder of an advertising agency in San Francisco.
“The secret is the culture. Culture is about people knowing you're there to support them, not looking over their shoulder waiting for them to fail, and that you’re there to help them when they hit tough times. They can be honest, come into your office and sit down and say, ‘I screwed up-help me out,’ as opposed to trying to hide it.
“I also want to make sure that managers know their job is to get the people who work for them to be asking to work for them. So they can't do that old trick of leaving managing up to me and the partners, and being a complete jackal to the people below. They know I'm asking people constantly: ‘Hey, are they giving you timely feedback? Are they helpful and courteous? Do they have basic human decency?’ These things are important.”
Enneagram 3-Achievers focus on striving for success. If you want to be a successful manager or to succeed in another way, a good way to do it is to copy Achievers you know or you’ve heard about, like Paul Venables or those you most respect in the list below:
Lance Armstrong, James Baker, Halle Berry, Justin Bieber, Tony Blair, David Bowie, Christie Brinkley, Paula Broadwell, Jack Canfield, Dick Clark, Bill Clinton, Johnnie Cochran, David Copperfield, Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Jamie Lee Curtis, Alain Delon, John Edwards, Werner Erhard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bill Frist, Lady Gaga, Phil Gramm, Bryant Gumbel, Mark Harmon, Paris Hilton, Jesse Jackson, Mick Jagger, Michael Jordan, Henry Kissinger, Carl Lewis, Vince Lombardi, Rob Lowe, Claire Boothe Luce, Joan Lunden, Ali MacGraw, Reba McEntire, Madonna, John Malkovich, Demi Moore, Benjamin Netanyahu, Oliver North, Bob Packwood, David Petraeus, Christopher Plummer, Elvis Presley, Victoria Principal, Sally Quinn, Christopher Reeve, Burt Reynolds, Anthony Robbins, Diane Sawyer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, William Shatner, Cybill Shepherd, Will Smith, Wesley Snipes, Mark Spitz, Rick Springfield, Sylvester Stallone, Sting, Sharon Stone, Pickabo Street, Taylor Swift, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner, Kurt Waldheim, Raquel Welch, Montel Williams, Vanessa Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Natalie Wood, and Tiger Woods.
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