“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it”

                                                                                                                          –  Lou Holtz


By a stroke of luck, a marginal person can find himself in a top position with little or no effort. The true test of dexterity is remaining on top. Many times, people get promoted to their level of incompetence. Making it to the executive management level is one thing, remaining there and enjoying recognition from colleagues and subordinates is another thing. Many people force their way to the top unprepared and unequipped a direct consequence is that when in their incompetence they begin to feel comfortable, the promotion begins to anger others and ultimately creates a blockage of organizational development and team spirit.

A bad manager can take a good staff and destroy it due to their incompetence, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation.

When a manager creates him/herself to make it, he/she is going to either let that creation go and take a chance on being loved or hated for who he/she really is. Or he/she would have to kill who he/she really is and fall into his/her grave grasping onto a character that he /she never was.

Subordinates should be mindful of superiors who talk to them in a snobby, condescending, rude manner, getting to and intimidate them. That is a sign of an insecure person trying to appear superior to them. Arrogance and condescension are always signs of weakness.

There is no such thing as a self- made man. Managers reach their goals only with the help of others. One piece of log creates small fire, adequate to warm you up; add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends, needless to say that individuality counts but teamwork dynamites.


No amount of self – improvement can make up for any lack of self- acceptance

  • Robert Holden

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