Articles by: pwpadmin

The Executive Blow-off

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February 25, 2006

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Topic: Appearing to careIndustry: AerospaceLocation: Northeast USA This is a brilliant move, demonstrated by a senior VP of HR in a $9B company. At the VP’s direction, a long-standing employee was told they were too highly paid, they were not executive material and they had “no runway” left…but that they […]

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Who’s the Alpha?

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November 3, 2005

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Topic: Positioning for powerIndustry: Remanufactured componentsLocation: South Central U.S. It is all about power. Heard the phrase “alpha dog”? It deals with which dog will be the dominant one in the pack. Mike’s experience would say the same is true at work. Mike is in his late 20’s and just […]

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Pushed to Breaking

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November 2, 2005

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Topic: Group aggressionIndustry: Remanufactured componentsLocation: South Central U.S. Tom has been the leadperson in a group of 14 men for many years. He was asked to be the group’s supervisor and after much consideration, agreed. Immediately the group turned on him and began challenging every decision he made. They argued […]

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November 2, 2005

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Fall in New England

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Who needs relationships?

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July 13, 2005

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Topic: Blatant disregardIndustry: FinancialLocation: Northeastern U.S. “I don’t want his ‘Greetings’…all I want is EBIT (earnings before interest & taxes).” – The boss A controller in a northern European unit asked a colleague traveling to the States to “give my best regards to my boss.” The colleague relayed the message […]

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Today’s Quotable Quote

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June 10, 2005

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Topic: Beyond Theory ‘X”Industry: Aerospace ManufacturingLocation: Northeast U.S. Senior Operations Executive standing in front of his peers describing how he will turn around Safety performance metrics… “See my thumb?” [Holding his thumb up he then pushes it down on the table.] So much for enlightened management in the 21st century!

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Losing Respect in one easy step

Topic: blatant disregardIndustry: Aerospace…Plant ProtectionLocation: Northeastern U.S. A seasoned security officer is a professional who takes the work seriously and is meticulous about details. When they sign their name to a report it is done with the full backing of their integrity and character. Officer “D” is working the communication […]

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Quotable Quote

This is a statement made by the boss to the workers at the morning “roll call” meeting… “I’ve been doing this long enough that I have earned the right to mis-manage.”

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The Setting-me-Up Boss

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April 3, 2005

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Topic: Gutting your employeeIndustry: Warehousing, Distribution and LogisticsLocation: mid-Atlantic states If this is a planned new hire orientation & probation process I would be shocked. Picture this…a large warehouse full of products which you might find in convenience stores. Every hour a wave of trucks pulls up to the docks […]

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April 2, 2005

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Fall in the Farmington Valley, CT

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