When you are part of a group dynamic and one or two people of that group are antagonists, what’s the reaction of the rest of the group? Do the bullies win or do the rest of the people stand up and boot the bullies out? I know there are many scenarios, but I use this as an opportunity to put something out there for the bully in some of you.
Hear this: people don’t like to be pushed, bullied, ridiculed, mocked, or otherwise chastised in front of colleagues or customers. If this is part of your “managing style”, maybe you should consider working with computers instead of people. While brow-beating and embarrassing people might have worked in years gone by, the new world order shows that this is not the way to motivate or get the most out of people.
In Winnie the Pooh there is a line, ” If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” If you’re wondering why people leave your organization, consider what you’re doing and what ends up happening after you do “that thing” you’ve been doing. Is morale low, do people “clock watch”, and do you have higher turnover? (If the light bulb isn’t coming on, read on for something that might help.) Don’t be fooled; your treatment of people will impact the bottom line, bank on it.
There is help, though. Do yourself a favor and pick up the book, The Dream Manager and read it cover to cover and then ADOPT the principles. You just might save your organization.