June 19; Jewelry And The Undone Cuff-link
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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Chapter Six: Correction; 19 June

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye,

and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:5

Jewelry And The Undone Cuff-link

Un-Corrected

Your Business Professor and The Undone Cuff Suit: Tom James Company Cuff links: Ronald Reagan San Diego, CA Photo credit: Hannah Yoest

Your Business Professor and The Undone Cuff
Suit: Tom James Company
Cuff links: Ronald Reagan
San Diego, CA
Photo credit: Hannah Yoest

The proper matron of the Victorian Age would don numerous jewels, as she would dress for a gala event. Heavily ornamented she would begin to make her way to her awaiting carriage. But just before leaving the manor she would remove two pieces of jewelry.

Our perfect socialite would reach for imperfection by wearing less. Wearing her acres of diamonds was, well, rather ordinary.

Less-is-more is the best accessory management for managers.

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And so it is with wardrobe management for men. There is a quiet habit among the international elite of wearing French cuffs—with one link not connected. This signals to other knowing males that they move in a world without flaws.

They airily communicate their perfect lives as displayed in a deliberate “imperfection” through a cuff-link left undone. Note: this is a ‘sin’ of commission; a fashion faux pas by omission. It is not a wardrobe malfunction. It is not arbitrary. Even pretenders to this station in life dare not display such a “mistake.”

The closest we have to royal imperfection can be seen in various portraits of the presidents of the United States in their tailor-made suits. Cuff links are not linked. The working sleeve buttons on the be-spoke suit jacket will have a button or two undone demonstrating perfectly fitted be-spoken-less-ness.

Dress for success—getting it right by dressing wrong? Counter-intuitive. So how do we move from the appearances of imperfect individual attire to the perfect individual contributor and then to the “imperfect” manager?

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This is leading by example where it counts. We can only attempt to reduce flaws in others when we reduce the flaws in ourselves. Reduce imperfection in our direct reports by example.

The first place to start for the manager is with the numbers. The boss does not bend the numbers to artificially reach an organizational goal. For example, the manager is squeaky clean with expense reports.  The numbers are buttoned securely even if the cuffs are not.

Managers are like royalty; the staffers are always looking at and up to the leadership.

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5.

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