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Why More Bosses Should Be Like Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Michael Scott, Regional Manager of the fictional paper products company Dunder-Mifflin, is prying, inappropriate, and manipulative. He’s offended everyone he’s worked with or for. And he’s created a hostile working environment time and time again. He’s a great salesman but a bad boss.

But as he would say, he’s not a bad person. He has shown time and again on the mockumentary NBC TV show “The Office”, that there are hints of a good manager in there. He’s risen through the ranks from staff to management. He’s good at recognizing his soft spots (sometimes too good at announcing them). And nobody knows more about his staff and their skills than he does. Here are five examples of traits he showed, ones many bosses could put to good use.

Know the job

Prior to his promotion to management, Michael Scott was one of the most celebrated salespeople in Dunder-Mifflin, winning top sales awards time and time again. He claimed that at least two-thirds of the current prospects for his branch in Scranton were his own personal contacts. Jim Halpert has admitted that he’s impressed with Scott’s skills. So unlike some bosses, he has been in the trenches and walked the walk. Leaders should be aware that the skills one needs to do the job are not the same skills to manage people doing the job.

Admit your faults

Scott is often the first to express his weaknesses and failings. He even declared bankruptcy at one point, albeit by literally standing up and shouting the phrase “I declare bankruptcy”. He did it, though, to the entire staff, a bit of sharing that shows he is well aware how he looks and forges ahead anyway. But he also uses the classic maneuver of turning his weaknesses into strengths. Or pretending to. Same thing, right.

Celebrate your staff

Nobody shows more employee recognition than Michael Scott. He’s ready for a party or celebration or award at the drop of a hat, regardless of what pressing deadline or looming disaster might be coming. Some might say he is simply postponing the disaster, procrastinating, hiding his head in the sand; those people would often be right. It’s still a good idea to stop and smell the roses, and to let your staff know you appreciate them. Scott even leans on someone in his office who loves to plan and set up parties: Angela Martin. Delegation is a great tactical skill for a boss.

Value your skills

When he found out that warehouse manager Daryl was making only slightly less than he was, Scott was unafraid to confront his boss and ask for a raise. At that point, he had been with the company for almost a decade and a half and, despite everything else, had been a productive salesman and weirdly effective manager. He deserved a raise. Bosses should stand up for themselves if they are undervalued, but maybe should champion their underlings, too.

Ask for advice

Scott’s effectiveness as a manager is often tied to chance or his impressive talent for avoiding any decision at all. But one of his better quality as a superior is being able to lean on his staff for advice. Dwight Schrute, Pam Beesly, Jim Halpert, or honestly, everyone he’s ever worked for, can recall a time when Scott came to them begging for advice on what to do. This is a great trait in a boss, but maybe don’t blame them when things go horribly wrong.

All and all, Michael Scott can teach a thing or two about good management.

Why Every Great Leader Should Care About Their Health – Ryan Ayers

Good Habits - Bad Habits

Health has a tendency to be forgotten when we’re bombarded with a million other things to think about. Leaders are responsible for taking businesses, organizations and teams off the ground and ensuring that they continue to thrive well into the future. This requires an enormous amount of work. Many find themselves sleeping less, skipping exercise, and eating in ways that are far from ideal. Their health suffers as their weight rises in a slow descent to obesity. It is only when they hit rock bottom when they realize that this is an unsustainable lifestyle. To live a fulfilling life, we must learn to prioritize our well-being.

The Cost of Obesity

Interestingly, about half of male CEOs are overweight, while it’s less than a quarter for their female counterparts. This can be a problem on a number of fronts. Being overweight increases the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses. It may limit mobility, especially on the higher end of the scale.

Obese individuals also tend to be discriminated against when seeking employment. Most employers will prefer a more healthy-looking candidate given virtually identical qualifications. Even if they are able to land a job, studies show their annual pay will be thousands of dollars less on average than those with normal weight.

The negative effects extend to the business itself. Leaders represent their company so they must maintain a good image that reflects the brand’s core values. Obesity distracts people from the message. Speakers cannot talk about living a great life with the products on offer if they look unhealthy themselves. There will be a glaring disconnect between the ideal and reality in the minds of the listeners. They will tune out and seek a more convincing pitch elsewhere.

How Physical Condition Affects Energy Level, Emotional State and Mental Wellbeing

Neglecting our bodies will always have negative consequences. Working long and hard is often applauded in today’s corporate culture. If you’re and the first one in and the last one out with little sleep in between then you are considered a hero. Yet sleeping 2 hours every night will only leave you drowsy all day making you ineffective at your tasks. Many combat this by drinking excessive amounts of coffee but caffeine has its ill effects as well.

When we are feeling weak in the physical sense, our emotions often get clouded as well. Some will feel depressed due to their inability to do the things that comes easy for other people or to their younger selves. Others may become irritable because of the little sleep that they get. Their mood shifts may turn erratic such that they are difficult to deal with. Meanwhile, those who are healthy tend to have a sunnier disposition and are calm even in the face of multiple work pressures.

Our mental wellbeing suffers if we are physically unwell. It gets into our heads. We lose our confidence both due to external and internal causes. We might overhear wayward comments about our weight. We might notice other people staring as we walk past them. Sometimes we might feel sorry for ourselves for the state we’re in. In order to solve the problem, however, we have to take concrete action.

Tips Leaders Can Use Now to Start a Healthier Lifestyle

One thing that leaders know they should do when looking to lose weight is to set realistic goals. Much like an important product or initiative, the change does not come overnight. We must be gentle with ourselves and be generous with the time that we dedicate to any weight loss project. Don’t use unsustainable crash diets. Instead, find meaningful ways to positively change your lifestyle for the long term.

Be mindful of what you buy at the grocery stores. The retail industry has done multiple studies to find the best ways to make their products attractive to consumers. They will modify the colors, the messaging, and even the placement just to increase the chances of getting picked up.

Read the nutrition information to learn what you are actually putting inside your body. List down everything you intended to buy and avoid unplanned purchases. Eat well before shopping as being hungry makes you likely to get more food than you really need. Learn all about the buzzwords to differentiate empty marketing hype from truly beneficial products.

Think about ways in which you can incorporate physical activities into your daily life. Exercise can start modestly with a few short walks throughout the week. Gradually increase the frequency and duration as your body adapts. You might enroll at a gym for group classes or hire a personal trainer if you feel that you need professional guidance.

It’s also possible to go solo all the way with the wealth of information that is available online. The walks might turn into jogs, which can then morph into participation in road races. Wherever the fitness journey takes you, make sure to enjoy the activities so that you’ll look forward to doing them for years to come.

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Great Leadership! It depends on how well they perform in front of a crowd

It is a fact of life that leaders will be judged on their public speaking skills. This may not be entirely fair as being a great leader is not the same as being a great public speaker. However, being a good public speaker is actually an important part of being a good leader; the ability to speak in public will allow you to represent your team, your ideas and your vision for the future. The fear of public speaking goes hand in hand with a variety of other life threatening fears which are passed down from generation to generation, through our genes.

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Although giving a public presentation may not seem dangerous to our rational brain, the fears which have been passed down through the generation’s link the presence of a large crowd of animals or people looking at you with the possibility that you will soon be their dinner! Fortunately, public speaking is a skill which can be learned:

Practice is the key to becoming a skilled leader

The more you practice the more comfortable you will feel speaking in front of other people; this is true for anything in life. Once you have decided on a topic that you would like to speak about, preferably one that you are passionate about, there are several methods of practicing effectively:

  • Video yourself. Create a speech and record yourself giving it. This will not give you the experience of talking to a crowd, but it will ensure you craft a speech which flows and that you can give in its entirety. You will also be able to identify any distracting gestures you do regularly.
  • Give the speech to a circle of family or friends. You should take the matter seriously and approach the speech with professionalism. It is also important to be open to any criticism, your family and friends will be trying to help you become a better speaker.
  • Sign up to a speech club. There are clubs across the country which you can join and members will take it in turns to give their practice speech and gauge the response. Again, you will get honest feedback as well as being able to practice in front of a real audience.

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Overcome your fears

Everyone has something that they are afraid of, the first thing you should consider when creating your speech is what your audience is afraid of. You can then present your speech in such a way that it seems to be giving them the answer to their fears. You are guaranteed to attract their attention and give a mesmerizing speech.

Stories – make them useful, catchy and enticing for your audience

The best way to get an audience to relate to you is to tell them a story; it must be relevant to the subject matter and involve you struggling with some sort of adversity. Your audience will be able to feel empathy for you and will bond with you.

Brain power

You want and need your audience to sit up and listen to your speech. The best way to achieve this is to make sure their brain is on and having to work, from the start of your speech. There are three key ways of achieving this:

  1. Ask a question to start your speech. It should be a question that everyone knows the answer to but not one that they can answer instantly; such as “where do you envision yourself being in five years?”
  2. Ask a reflective question; this is one that forces the audience to consider their own needs and abilities
  3. Start with a piece of trivia relevant to either the room you are all sat in or to your subject matter.

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Your speech should keep them thinking all the way through, it does not need to be long but it must make them stop and consider their own approach. It takes great effort and responsibility to become a great leader. The business environment is extremely competitive these days; and only the best of the best will make it through. If you want to be one of them, you have to learn to master your public speaking abilities and get more advice from the best leadership speakers out there.

By Jason Phillips and!