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Deep inside the cave temple on Elephanta Island, India, lies the trimurti, a god with three faces. Each face represents a different manifestation of divine power: creation, maintenance, and destruction. Like the trimurti, managers (while hardly god-like) have powers and responsibilities that express themselves in different forms.
Sometimes managers need to be supportive, while other times directive. Sometimes they ignite inspiration, while other times they put out fires. Sometimes they dish out sagacious advice, while other times they listen in silence.
At LifeLabs Learning, after studying and training thousands of managers, we have observed that