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

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1.7. Learnings and Implications

The stories of Juanita, Charles, George, and Betsy and the metaphor of the surviving children illustrate the dynamics and multi-generational aspects of layoff survivor sickness. These stories introduced themes I explore in future chapters: the denial chain, shared symptoms among survivors and victims, the propensity of organizations to help those who leave and take for granted those who remain, the persistence of survivor symptoms, the necessity for intervention strategies, and new dimensions of leadership.

Before individuals or organizations can formulate healing strategies, they need a deep literal and symbolic understanding of the pathology of layoff survivor sickness. To help managers avoid the trap of instant ...

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