Part 1 of The Master Rules can be summed up just the way my 2nd boss taught it to me: He who carries the gold makes the rules.
Part 2 of The Master Rules is about the importance of setting over-riding rules to help people understand:
- HOW things are to be done and
- HOW & WHAT the Right Things means when it is used in that admonition `Do the Right Things` and other admonitions like `Managing is about doing things right - Leadership is about doing the Right Things`.
The Master Rules are simple, clear, top-down Rules.
The Master Rules reflect the core values of the business leader.
Every successful business has a culture, wrapped around high-quality core Values.
At successful businesses, those core Values act like an internal compass, which helps keep People comfortable. That comfort derives from the fact People feel - not just think, People feel - comfortable about their Actions and about their Situations.
When People feel comfortable and guided their action is offered with more enthusiasm and their performance is more productive. And, business is more successful.
The purpose of The Master Rules is to provide the guidance which sets the stage for People comfort and People Action.
Here is one example, close to our own hearts.
One of Spirited Leaders` Values is Labours of Enjoyment & Enthusiasm. At Spirited Leaders, we want our People to at least enjoy their work. We know People who enjoy their work perform more and better Actions. We also know enjoyment precedes enthusiasm. When People enjoy Actions they are much more likely to be enthusiastic about repeating those Actions. We also know the feeling of enjoyment is closely linked to personal strengths: when personal strengths are engaged People feel good.
One of Spirited Leaders` Master Rules
is Embrace Strengths!
When People know one another`s personal strengths and then work in harmony to put those different personal strengths to best use the likelihood of Labours of Enjoyment & Enthusiasm increases.
That is one example of how our Master Rules
mesh with our Values
At a prior Thought Post we explained Commander`s Intent
. The Master Rules are conceptually similar to Commander`s Intent...that`s a topic for another day.