In my early days of studying organizations, I started compiling a list of pithy observations about leadership. I was in my early twenties, so (naturally) I was pretty impressed with my work. I titled the list “Longan’s Axioms of Organizations” and collected over 20 before I stopped intentionally updating the list.
I want to go over a dynamite article I just read that has some great implications for how we work in teams and how we recognize the work of those around us.
Hi All! Steve Longan here. You might remember me from such blog posts as "The Thanksgiving Post" and ....well, actually, that's the only one. But I have something cool to share from this fantastic book I'm reading right now. It’s called “The Examined Life” by psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz (you can find it here) and it’s essentially just him weaving together personal stories of his own with those of his patients until they form observations of what is common to human experience (but rarely so clearly identified). In his opening chapter he details one of his first patients, whom he calls “Peter.” I don’t want to spoil to book for you all, so I’ll just say that Peter had engaged in fairly destructive behaviors that were counterproductive to his own stated interests and extremely damaging to his relationships. But Peter had sought Dr. Grosz's help as he had no idea why he was doing this.