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The Terrible Leader by Dan White

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Professional undermining

This is probably the most complex and time-consuming approach to dealing with HR, but it has a certain flourish and élan that the Terrible connoisseur will appreciate. It is critical to recall that essentially HR is a non-job, so, HR credibility is a particularly flimsy and fragile affair. It is based more on time served in senior HR roles and in large, well-known corporations than on knowledge, track record or capability. HR credibility is like a delicate shadow of a normal business person’s credibility. It is wafer-thin, and sheer so that you can normally see straight through it. Now, one might reasonably assume that this means it is easy to tear to shreds, but do not underestimate the human response to threat. Like ...

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