Further to yesterday’s post, I learned last night from a friend of mine that he was verbally instructed by his VP some months back to push his staff as hard as he could because in this economy, they wouldn’t have anywhere to go. People are demoralized from being told that at a 60-hr work week, including Saturdays, they’re just not working hard enough. They’re told by the senior leader that their work isn’t good enough. Lay-offs and demotions came anyway. While economics may be forcing sub-optimal working realities, berating and exploiting an organization’s most valuable resource – people – is not an effective way to get through tough times and be well positioned for the upside. Plotting for the great escape is in full swing. Leaders – please LEAD.
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