Sunday, March 24, 2013

Is the God Complex in you?

Today’s business leaders or knowledge professionals are always fighting to be trap in the “God Complex”, in other words, using the term "God Complex" might just be referring to "Over inflated Ego" which drives "selective deafness" and "inability to admit not rightness" causing an outcome of "blindness in rational decision making", so how to get out of such trap?  

1.  Be inclusive; never let team members or stakeholders out. To listen & observe, and provide an outsider's opinion synthesized from a variety of industries and companies.  Every time you propose a solution, be sure you have taken feedback from all parties involve, it will help to get the adoption of what you are suggesting to your customers.

2.   Learn to listen before you recommend. Freed to ask all the "dumb questions", understanding what the other people are thinking will help you tailor your message to their needs and the solution to their problems. You must focus in the other people, stop thinking about yourself and pay attention to the details. Introspection and harsh self-assessment are critical tools for inoculating yourself against delusions of grandeur. Try it before you recommend. Remember that learning does not happen from failure itself, but rather from analyzing the failure, making a change, and then trying again, once you have the right solution you are in the position to investigate why it work.

3.  You have to have an appetite for change.  Set your bar even higher and challenge yourself to do something outside your comfort zone. God complex will seriously limit your growth and when the learning stops,  you are not adding new skills and value stagnates. "Assertive Humility" is a virtue that will help you ward off the influence of God complex. Love challenges, be fearless in the battles of the day, and have a tough, tough skin because the ingrown and complacency will try to tear you down and your proponents are using you as plausible deniability, should failure occur. 

4. Use best practices as reference not as final solution. Best practices are a good template, however they are based on the past, a past that could not be valid any more, particularly in a world that demands flexibility and fast adaptation to new realities. Don’t be slave of best practices; better use them as a starting point to reach new and better solutions.

5. A great sense of self, humor and belief born from experience need to be utilized every day in our roles. There is always an element of self belief and self advertising that we need to display. If we are good at what we do we need to push our agenda. And it is our responsibility to shake things up because we are different and the way the organization is currently working NEEDS to change and WE make that change. Take the Challenger approach instead of doing everything being told to do, creativity matters.

6.  "Master" the art of influence- people skills whatever you want to call it, it works and reduces risk. In those unusual situations where you have a team of non-risk takers, then obviously you will have to make the decisions for the team. Too many decisions in this type of situation will only create more work and risk for you, so the challenge is determining how to get the team involved and achieving success will broaden your mastery of "people skills". 

7. Keep open mind with people. One person cannot know everything so you surround yourself with talented people. Also, some people deserve 2nd chances after a mistake. The human factor is the biggest risk and the greatest challenge to manage and "people skills" is the hardest skill to master

Balance confidence with humility, aptitude with attitude, transform leadership from "black & white, cut & dry, factual" style to "buy in, rainbow theme, collaboration, team ownership".


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