The 5 Temptations

This week we held a training/planning summit for the leadership teams from Bath and Woodstock. I conducted a session that incorporated some of the work of business author and consultant Patrick Lencioni. I have been a huge fan ever since I read The 5 Temptations of a CEO (1998). You don’t have to be a CEO to gain deep benefits from the 5 Temptations. They can be helpful to anyone trying to lead anyone in endeavor.

1. Choose RESULTS over STATUS
Make results the most important measure of personal success OR step down.

2. Choose ACCOUNTABILITY over POPULARITY
Your people won’t like you anyway if they fail.

3. Choose CLARITY over CERTAINTY
It is your job to risk being wrong. Otherwise, you risk system-wide paralysis.

4. Choose CONFLICT over HARMONY
Tumultuous meetings are often the signs of progress.

5. Choose TRUST over INVULNERABILITY
Create trust by actively encouraging your people to challenge your ideas.

I highly recommend the book. You might also check out Lencioni’s web site, one he bills as a soure of “simple wisdom for organizations.” Go to www.tablegroup.com.

Onward, Malcolm Gauld