📅 Thought for today:
‘The sharpest critics and those most known for pointing out flaws or weaknesses in others are most often the ones who are blind to their own shortcomings, insecurities, and mistakes. It’s best to take a mirror and examine oneself, before riding a self-righteous high horse and accusing others of what you think they do wrong.’
— Jonathan Harnisch
#thoughtfortoday #leadership #badmanagement #Criticism #Positive
There is a CEO I know, but haven’t worked with, who believes that pointing out people’s flaws, mistakes, and limitations is the best way to “keep them on their toes” and “help them improve”. He states these beliefs often and encourages his managers to do the same.
Thanking them for doing their job is treated with utter contempt.
What an arse.
I often wonder who is holding managers such as these to account? Is it any wonder that younger generations of workers are quite rightly choosing to work elsewhere and expect to be treated with respect?
Who says we have to work in an environment of fear “to succeed”? What kind of success is that?
The expectations and the attitudes of the employees coming into the workplace are changing. You can, if you like, waste your energy telling them they are wrong. You can quote your father’s saying, “If they can’t stand the heat they should get out of the kitchen” if you like, but the tide is turning against such attitudes towards a more inclusive, compassionate and empathic workplace that builds people up.
One quote I do like in this regard is, “Blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make yours burn any brighter.”