Friendly and Firm, but Is It Fair?
One of the great struggles for any good leader, CEO, or manager is to attempt to be fair with his or her subordinates. However, the problem is what’s good for the goose may not be good for the gander. In other words, “fair” can have a different meaning to every person. In your attempt to be fair, you need a thinking process, and here it is.
Coach John Wooden, the winningest coach in college basketball, was known for his famous quote: “I treat everybody fair, but not equal.” His point was that when people contribute more, they should get more from the outcome. When people accomplish more, they should be rewarded more. That is in both dollars and benefits.
On a 3 × 5 card write: “Reward those ...