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Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer

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14.2. Fragile Choices

The demise of paternalistic organizations and the pain of violated dependency are forcing both individuals and organizations to make difficult choices. People who have taken the risk of breaking the shackles of organizational codependency require a supportive environment and organizations seeking to be relevant to the harsh demands of the new paradigm must move against the grain of strong past cultures. Here we will look at two adventures into these uncharted waters, one by an organization and the other by an employee. We begin with a firm I call Midwest Services.

14.2.1. Midwest Services

Whenever I think of Midwest, I am reminded of the teacher portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society. Operating within ...

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