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Bennet Simonton

I respectfully disagree, Lee. Not sure why you demean managers, but you do a lot of them great disservice.

I managed people for over 30 years, made all the errors one can make and learned fixes to all. Those fixes allowed me to successfully turn around four different management disasters and achieve huge increases in productivity, north of 300% per person, and a workforce with great morale literally loving to come to work.

Quite simply, managers manage resources and functions such as finance, machines, production, supply chain, and people. People are just another resource. Each of these has particular characteristics which dictate, repeat dictate how they should be managed. Fail to understand their characteristics and you will fail to make effective use of that resource or function.

People have certain characteristics such as the basic needs to be heard and to be respected. The vast majority of people are conformists who respond to leadership, good or bad, a characteristic not shared by machines or finances. This they can be "led" to do great things or very bad things or somewhere in between as determined by their boss' leadership.

My point is that manager or leader is a false issue and only serves to prevent us from understanding what we need to do. If you are dealing with people, you need to understand what leadership actually is, or what it is that people follow, and how to use it to your advantage.

To learn more a superior way to manage people, I invite you to read the articles at

I recommend starting with the article "Leadership, Good or Bad".

Best regards, Ben


Dr. Thayer,

I have studied your Communication work for years and just placed my order for the "Thinking, Being, Doing" book. Thank you for sharing your wisdom in this online format.

Through your thoughts, it seems that if one wants to change one's situation, then becoming aware of one's mindset (one's bundle of habits) and altering them accordingly is in order, if those mindsets are not leading one where one wants to go. So, my question is, what are some ways in which we can create new mindsets that will lead us where we need to go?

Also, it seems that by actively putting oneself in leadership situations and/or surrounding oneself with other great leaders, can we come enhance our capacity to conjure beyond the possible. What do you think about this?

Lee Thayer

Thank you for your comment, Jamie. To your first question: As you know, we’re talking about habits here. This almost always requires “killing” a wrong habit to replace it with a better one. The better your picture of where you want to go, the easier it is to determine which habits of perception/conception will take you there and which ones will take you somewhere else.

To your second question: a place we have never been before requires a good and robust imagination. Then, as you know the old saw: Going where we have never been before requires us to do what we have never done before. Immersion in great leadership - not necessarily the people at hand - could help! Make sense?
Lee T

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