I come from a technical background, so this conversation kind of leapt out at my face and latched on:
Business leader: “I can’t believe the nightmare of trying to get funding for my project. Everyone hates working with IT.”
Me: “Did you tie your project to a strategically important objective or initiative?”
Business leader: “I’m paid to do my job, not manage IT.”
Me: “How would your boss respond if you told him that you’d rather focus on getting your job done and not on managing your people or your financials?”
Business leader: [thoughtful silence]
So, do you think we leaders should put some thought into how our value aligns with the company’s value, goals, and purpose?