I have just received "Making it all work" from David Allen (Getting things done).
I have begun to read and it seems very promising.
In particular, there is a 4-quadrant chart that is very interesting to me as a manager : David Allen classifies on two axis : control and perspective and this gives 4 styles and each as a positive and negative attribute :
- Low perspective / low control. Negative : Victim. Positive : Responder
- High perspective / low control. Negative : Crazy maker. Positive : visionary
- Low perspective / high control. Negative : Micromanager. positive : Implementer
- High perspective / High control. Positive only : Captain and Commander
Of course, this is not a way to definitely classify people. It is related to time, circumpstances, etc
I found this classification very useful for myself. And also for my team : how do I help them to be Captain and Commander?