Part 5 Management Practice

A Manager’s Dilemma

How would you feel as a new employee if your boss asked you to do something and you had to admit that you didn’t know how to do it? Most of us would probably feel pretty inadequate and incompetent. Now imagine how strange and uncomfortable it would be if, after experiencing such an incident, you went home with the boss because you were roommates and have been friends since fourth grade. That’s the situation faced by John, Glen, and Kurt. John and Kurt are employees at a software company that their friend Glen and four others started. The business now has 39 employees, and the “friends” are finding out that mixing work and friendships can be tricky! At home, they’re equals. They share a three-bedroom ...

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