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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 Supervisors Industry: Equipment manufacturer Location: 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 […]

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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 mean Industry: Facility maintenance Location: 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 power Industry: Remanufactured components Location: 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 […]

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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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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 Manufacturing Location: 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 […]

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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

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June 1, 2005

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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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