Everybody Has The Right To Complain Nobody Has The Right To Whine

Virtually everybody complains about something sometime. We all have done it. We all will do it. But complaining leadership skills, without offering a solution to solve the root cause of the complaint is not productive. Complaining just for the sake of complaining is whining. Whining is not only annoying it is unethical.

Whining is a learned skill. People that are allowed to whine will continue to whine. People that whine tend to waste time. They spend more time whining than working. They agitate their fellow employees worked and ruin team chemistry.

Leadership ability is the lid that determines the upper limit of a person’s effectiveness. For example if a person’s leadership ability is rated an eight they will never rank higher than seven on effectiveness your ability to lead others has a huge influence on the level of success you will attain. John Maxwell calls this the Law of the Lid.  Virtually all of your organizational effectiveness can be siphoned away by a few whining annoying team members. Employee manuals and handbooks rules and regulations do little to make employees understand their rights and responsibilities as an employee. Employee problems will dissipate and team effectiveness will improve if you enforce the following simple work rules for your organization.

The Eight Principles Upon Which We Operate This Business.
  1. Success is borne on the shoulders of failure. Failure will be applauded if you improve as a consequence of that failure.  Giving less than your best effort is unethical.

  2. Procrastination is the active disregard of your responsibility to perform on time and evidence of a lack of commitment to the task. Failure to meet deadlines is unethical.

  3. You are responsible for the consequences of your behavior.  The behavior that you model is more important than the words that you speak.   Refusing to accept responsibility for the consequences of your actions is unethical.

  4. Your value to the organization is magnified by your ability to lift the efforts of others.  It is your job to make everyone else better. Our organization will only thrive if you are successful. Having a poor attitude is unethical.

  5. It is your obligation to argue passionately and politely for your point of view while a decision is being made.  Once the organization has come to a decision it is your obligation to support that decision with the same passion as if it were your own.  Undermining the policy of the organization is unethical.

  6. You don’t have to like everyone that you work with but you need  to find a way to work together effectively.  Disrespect towards others is unethical.

  7. Whining is defined as complaining without offering a proposed solution. Whining is unethical.

  8. Self-assessment is the key to self-improvement. Failure to improve yourself is unethical.

Greg L Alston the bosshole effectDr. Greg L. Alston has owned and operated a variety of businesses, worked for hundreds of bosses and supervised thousands of employees. His no nonsense approach and clear informal teaching style will help you Coach others, Command respect, and Create an environment in which your team can thrive. Leadership is not a personality trait it is a way of acting. Great leaders build great teams. Great teams achieve great things. Learn to lead and follow him on Twitter.


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