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Don’t Step in the Process…

Process

 

 

 

Peter Cook in a post on LinkedIn said, “Leadership is not about stopping things happening and pointless administration.” Same can be said about a process. Good ones keep things moving while making sure the right people are involved and informed. Bad ones, things stop and the pointless paperwork drill begins. Try not to step in the process. It’s a bitch to clean off of your shoes.

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Uncomfortable…


I’ve been a little outside my comfort zone lately. I’ve been given the opportunity to do business development for my company. This means going out and meeting people. Kind of putting myself out there to sell my company which also means a high possibility for rejection, etc.

Even though it is causing not a little stress, I am really enjoying it. I love being part of building the business instead of sitting in my cube at the customer’s whim. This is much more along what I want to do.

So, being outside one’s comfort zone can be good, sometimes. Who knew?


Asshat Much?

Mike Henry of Lead Change Group wrote a great article in response to another by George Cloutier.

Mr. Cloutier’s article,entitled, “Your Company is Not a Democracy,” was published in Entrepeneur magazine. This “Turnaround Ace” and NY Times best-seller is a big proponent of the “just view me as god” approach to business management. Nice. He provides other nuggets such as “be a dictator” and (my personal favorite) “Tell your employees ‘Don’t think – obey.”

The Asshat

Asshat

I’m really at a loss for words. Really, George? Fear? Benevolent dicator? Is there such a thing? Really? We’re not indentured servants or furniture. I think the Soviets used a similar business model and we all know how that worked out.

Read Mr. Henry’s article first and then go to Cloutier’s.

8pm – The above was written quickly this morning after reading both articles. I’ve had the day to reflect and want to expand upon my more visceral outburst above.

Unfortunately, I have seen it all too often (and, to an extent, am living it now); small business owners who believe as Mr. Cloutier does. They see employees more as burdens, a suck on company resources (profits). If a business is suffering, Mr. Cloutier teaches to blame the employee first. After all, if they were working harder, the company would be rolling in profits and the owner would be rich. Fear is not an effective motivator. It only gets you the bare minimum, just enough not to be fired.

Instead, maybe they should look at their business plan (if there is one), their growth strategy (if there is one) or even the industry/market. Maybe it is just dead, or over saturated.

Mr. Cloutier makes a snide remark in his article regarding the suggestion box. Employees aren’t paid to think, just obey. After all, if they were as smart or as great of a person, they would be running their own business.

Employees are smart. Listen to them, they are the ones doing the work. They might have innovative ideas that could cut costs, increase productivity, increase customer service.

I just hate reading articles like Mr. Cloutier’s. It just perpetuates bad behavior on the part of employers. That’s not managing or leading. It’s bullying. Times have changed. Feudal lords and serfdom went out of style a few years ago (I think).

Owners cannot do it alone. They need our help.


We’re Back In Best Of…

fast track

 

The laptop I use for scanning my pictures crapped to bed this weekend. I tried to use my newer laptop with scanner but the scanner is so old that they don’t make drivers for it past Windows XP. Yeah. That old. So, until I figure something out, I’m back in “Best Of…”

This is another favorite of mine. Kind of sums up the whole career frustrations.


Relevance…

Relevance

Relevance...


Lily Pads and Asshats…

wet sunglasses

Wet Sunglasses

This is just another version from last week’s post. Jenny suggested this one. Of course the Asshat would get miffed if a droplet got on his cool shades. Gourdo shouldn’t have made a such a big splash when the Asshat pushed him off the lily pad.


Lily Pads, Asshats and Fools, Oh My…

lily pads asshats and fools

Lily Pads, Asshats and Fools

Figures. There is always an asshat trying to make sure you don’t move onto the next lily pad. He’s either threatened or just truly an “asshat” and enjoys effen with other people’s lives.

And there always seems to be some fool nearby having a little fun at your expense.  But really, what fool can resist a schadenfreude opportunity?


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