In today’s post, Seth Godin considers a very important distinction between managers and leaders. What I take from this post is that a manager will ask you to do more faster (productivity). The leader will challenge you to do something better and give you the tools you need to change the job (creativity, what Godin defines as a linchpin).
If possible, work for a leader. Better still, be a leader.
Chicago’s been hit by a blizzard. Schools and many business are closed (probably for a couple of days). Even so, some people still have to work. Francine Knowles of the Sun-Times interviews experts on the role of managers during such crises. If most of the leadership staff makes the struggle to get to work, those who stay home might be looked upon as less dedicated. If managers expect front line workers to show up and do their jobs, it is essential that the leaders are also on the job. If you're a manager and your company's not closed, you're late!
Postscript: The Sun-Times online edition has a great story about how people go to work on this almost-impossible-to-commute day.