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Gripes Go Up

Posted on October 27, 2011 by under Leadership, Movies, Videos.    

We got to see this video clip from the movie Saving Private Ryan in our meeting today. I’d never seen that movie before. Brian says it is really good. It’s the first movie that actually made him cry.

Anyway, this is the perfect example of the whole “disagree in private, execute enthusiastically in public” concept that we always learn in leadership classes. You don’t want to be just a “yes” man or woman. It’s important to ask questions and voice your concerns, but there is a time and place to do that. And it’s not in front of your team/subordinates. Like Tom Hanks says in the movie, there is a chain of command. Gripes go up.

After a decision is made, a leader’s role is to present the information in the best possible light. Subordinates can see if the leader doesn’t believe in the decision or isn’t supportive of it, and they won’t be as well. The leader must execute enthusiastically and with confidence and conviction in order to ensure the best chance of success.

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    Do You Add Value to Your Organization? : Life After Marriage  on October 28, 2011

    […] going to be posting a lot of videos over the next few days. I hope you enjoyed the one from Saving Private Ryan yesterday. Here’s one from Office Space. I can never get tired of watching that movie. […]

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