A Lesson from Barbara Bush A Tip From The Manager’s Answer Book

I may be paraphrasing, but this is one of the stories about Barbara Bush I heard on the news the evening of her death. It was a conversation she had with her son, George W. Bush, during a visit to her home while he was president.

Barbara Bush:  “George, get your feet off my table.”

George H.W. Bush:  “You can't talk to him like that. He's the President of The United States.  

Barbara:  “Yes I can. He’s my son and he knows better!”

Manager’s Tip:  What a wonderful lesson for all leaders. We ask in The Manager’s Answer Book what it means to assemble a personal board of directors. Shout this from the rooftops. Surround yourself with people who tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. All managers should surround themselves with trusted advisors from whom they can solicit honest advice and feedback. This should start with your team members, but don’t stop there. Include colleagues -- peers and even your boss’ peers -- from throughout the organization who will not be afraid to be honest with you and give you feedback. 

You can read all we have to say about assembling your personal board of directors on page 23 of The Manager’s Answer Book. 

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