Is it a strategy or manipulation?

Several years ago I worked for an organization that invited several key customers to a meeting that would last several days.

The company invested a great deal of time and resources in the event, flying in the customers, planning the event, and entertaining them.

When the invitation was sent, the company said they wanted to better understand their customers’ needs and brainstorm ways to better meet them.

After the customers arrived, many were frustrated to discover that the company wasn’t really seeking to understand their needs at a higher level.  Instead the company was just asking for a rubber stamp on an action plan that had already been created.

A few short months later I began working with someone that consistently emphasized that great leadership is strategy.

At first, I saw this person share a big vision, arm people with the tools and the support they needed and then get out of their way.

However, as time passed I began to realize that this person often worked relationships to avoid dealing with their own weaknesses and to drive a personal agenda.

And I started to wonder…

This is what Webster has to say:

Strategy or Manipulation

This is what I’ve got so far…  

Manipulation  iStock_000012938004SmallThe definition of manipulate emphasizes:

  • Unfair
  • To ONE’s Advantage
  • To serve ONE’s purpose

StrategyWhile the definition of strategy emphasizes:

A SHARED goal that benefits a GROUP

Wow!  What a cool way to audit your own leadership and to help other leaders grow:

  • If you are working towards a shared goal that benefits OTHERS it is a Strategy.
  • If you are doing something to benefit YOURSELF it is Manipulation.

Please share:  What do those words stir up in you?  How do you discern the difference?  

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Chery Gegelman is coming to  the U.S.A.

President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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