In their new best-selling book, “Nine Lies About Work,” co-authors Marcus Buckingham (“First Break All The Rules”) & Cisco’s Director of Leadership, Ashley Goodall prove that many of the basic truths we’ve long believed about work are actually lies.

As examples of our faulty assumptions, we believe the best people are well-rounded & that employees crave feedback. We think strategic planning is essential & that an organization’s culture is key to its success.

But as we discuss in this enlightening podcast, Goodall says the strength of individual teams actually matters far more to employees than their organization’s culture. He believes managers must lessen their focus on top down planning & give people more real time intelligence with which to take action instead.

And despite the very human inclination to call out people’s weaknesses, workers don’t want or even need constant feedback – what they really need in order to thrive is their manager’s “attention.”

In a widely read Harvard Business Review article, The Feedback Fallacy, Buckingham & Goodall recently revealed another of their nine lies of work: the belief that managers can reliably rate the performance & potential of other people.

We dig into all of this & more – & I hope you’ll listen in. Goodall proves to be a true sage when it comes to the future of managing people in the workplace.

By Mark C. Crowley

Mark C. Crowley is the author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century which has been taught in 11 American universities. He is a global speaker, leadership consultant and thought leader on the topics of workplace culture and employee engagement.