My home office is a delight to me. When I walk through the door and sit down at my desk, I feel a sense of relief. I am doing work I love, in a place I love, with and for clients (and a team) I love.
As the leader of a virtual team, comprised of contractors as young as 19 adding their talents to the mix, the last 16 months have shown me that working at home with a flexible schedule is not the right situation for everyone.
You are just like me.
You think like me. You act like me.
You respond in exactly the ways I would expect.
You share my attitudes and beliefs.
You know what I know (even if I didn’t tell you.)
What motivates me would motivate you.
What would reward me, rewards you.
What I want, you want
As a leader (as a human!), I often fall into this mistaken way of thinking, also known as the mirror-image fallacy.
The mirror image fallacy is the wrongly assumed belief that others share our thoughts, responses, and perspectives.
A few years ago, I fell into the mirror image fallacy when I assumed that everyone I worked with would prefer a phone call »
Bill Treasurer has invited bloggers to write about people who have opened doors of opportunity for them as part of his Leadership Opportunity Blog Fest. I’m pleased to participate to draw attention to this simple and powerful leadership concept, inspired by Bill’s son, Ian: leaders open doors!
While I could list the names of people who have opened doors of opportunity for me along the way — and there are many — as I think through my life chronologically, from college until now, there is one person who has been a part of every open-door moment of my adult life, »