Leading with Values

“I don’t know what the problem is, it’s like their motivation is gone,” the young Director said to the Plant Manager who was 20 years his senior. The Director had just finished ridiculing his team for their lack of productivity and overall indifference toward doing their jobs. “Like I said out there, they shouldn’t care about anything but what their responsibilities are, nothing else matters.”

“I’m not sure what to tell you, Sir,” the Plant Manager replied while attempting to be sympathetic. But truthfully, he knew full well what the problem was, his boss was a jerk. No, jerk is too soft of a word, he was an a**hole!

How many times had the Director said to one of his subordinates, “I own you,” “We’ll do it my way, ...

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