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An Inviting Place to Work

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April 15, 2008

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Title: Thank you Jack WelchTopic: An Abusive Performance Management ProcessIndustry: AerospaceLocation: Heartland, USA “Get your pound of flesh.” This was told a manager at a prominent company as they went into their annual performance appraisal time. Interpretation: Make sure you have 10% of your people identified as low performers and […]

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April 15, 2008

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Today’s Quotable QuotesBy a senior financial executive in a Fortune 50 Company Said to a staff member… “I know I should say ‘thank you,’ but what I really want to say is “what took so f***ing long?” -or said after a presentation was completed… “How can I put this nicely?…’Get […]

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Today’s Quotable Quotes

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April 15, 2008

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By a senior financial executive in a Fortune 50 Company Said to a staff member… “I know I should say ‘thank you,’ but what I really want to say is “what took you so f***ing long?” -or- said after a presentation was completed with others in the room… “How can […]

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Tailgate Inspection at Hilton

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April 15, 2008

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Topic: Customer ServiceIndustry: HospitalityLocation: Nashville, TN “I have a job that was created by Conrad Hilton himself,” bragged the Customer Service rep to guests checking in; “I am here to ensure that any issues you have are resolved quickly and to your satisfaction.” My experience at check-out proved this position […]

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"Go tell him off!"

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March 18, 2008

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Topic: On the Job Training for SupervisorsIndustry: Equipment manufacturerLocation: Texas As a new supervisor, direction from the manager is taken seriously. Standing out on the assembly line in front of all the people the manager upbraids the supervisor, yelling at him with all sorts of profanity, instructing him to “Go […]

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Quote of the Month!

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March 18, 2008

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Topic: What Executives will sayIndustry: ConglomerateLocation: Northeast “Ideas…ideas are so distracting.” Said to a group of employees by an executive after asking them what they were thinking about.

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Today’s Quotable Quote

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September 27, 2006

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Topic: Say what you meanIndustry: Facility maintenanceLocation: Northeast US “The company president wants to visit with our group next week. I want this to be informal, no presentations and ‘off the cuff.’ Let’s get together Friday for a dry-run.”

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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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