Didn't you know you were brilliant? It's just the outside interference that keeps messing things up for you - or so the consultant Alan Fine would argue. Cheesy as it sounds, the only thing stopping you from reaching your true potential is yourself. And this is not about acquiring more knowledge: rather, it's about using knowledge you already possess in the best way you can.
If you want to become a better manager, you must unleash the three essential aspects of top performance that facilitate the use of knowledge, which are: faith, fire and focus. Faith has to do with our beliefs about ourselves and others; fire is about energy, passion, motivation and commitment; and focus has to do with what we pay attention to. Together with knowledge, these create a model of human high performance.
As a manager who uses this model, you will not only believe in the viability and purpose of your organisation, but you will be enthused and engaged about your work and know what to pay attention to in order to make your organisation successful. Not only that, but the people who look up to you as their leader will be inspired and dedicated. What more could you want?
Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today