LEADING WHEN THINGS
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous,
leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains
rise into and above the clouds.”
There will be ups and downs, curveballs and fastballs, hurdles and pits, storms and sunny days. As a manager, you will have every analogy hurled at you. A theme that you have heard echoed throughout this book is that it won’t be easy to lead and inspire a team. Sometimes, decisions and routes will be crystal clear, but more oft en, the situations that you encounter and the circumstances that you face will float around in the murky gray of uncertainty. Every now and then, things just get downright sticky.
Unfortunately, management doesn’t come equipped with a magic wand that makes all of those sticky situations that you don’t like disappear with a slight wave of the hand. “If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it,” says children’s book illustrator Mary Engelbreit. In this chapter, I will help you reframe your thinking about those typical management trials and tribulations.
When talking with millennial managers, there were three scenarios that we heard time and time again as being prevalent and extra sticky. How do you manage your peers? How do you manage people older than you? How do you manage a virtual team? All of the tips that I have of-