Monday, February 7, 2011

Know Your Personal "Default Settings"

We all have "default settings" ("preferences" -- "likes and dislikes"), and we will perform better if we know what they are.  In To Be a Better Boss, Know Your Default Settings, we learn that having knowledge of our preferences improves the chances that our leadership decisions will be more appropriate for the circumstances, because "Going with your gut isn't always the best way to be a boss."

The authors provide a set of eight questions to assist us in identifying our default settings.  You may want to self administer this short test, or incorporate the questions into a team exercise to get feedback from others.

This Harvard Business Review blog article by Linda Hill & Kent Lineback is available at the following link: To Be a Better Boss, Know Your Default Settings.

This summary was prepared by Perry Cone and posted at

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