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Home > Blog > 'The Worst Day of My Life'
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Tuesday, March 16, 2004 4:14 PM
'The Worst Day of My Life'
Kevin Salwen on Business

I once worked for a guy who took everything as if it were a personal affront. This guy -- a 6 year old in a 52 year old's body, actually -- refused the believe the world orbited around something other than him. So, whenever something would happen against his will, he would call you into his office -- frequently along with others -- and steam: This is the worst day of my life. One time, in my presence, he even added, 'And you're the cause of it.'

I learned two things from that: first, by the seventh (or was it 50th) time he said that, I realized it wasn't really true. More importantly, though,


I realized it never motivated me to do MY best work. What did? Positive enforcement coupled with a need for pride -- not his, but mine. That's my management style: How can I help you do the best you can? Sounds simple, doesn't it?\n\nWhat do you think?


3 comments

Jim Daly - 4/6/2004 12:56:14 PM
Sadly, the number of psycho bosses seems to have increased in this turbulent economy. Many employers see that good jobs are scarce (fair enough) so they use that as an excuse to treat workers terribly, because they can be easily replaced. Stupid mistake. Myopic management sees their organization as the sum of its desks and PCs and coffee makers, but it's the brains of the contributors (the employees) that make organizations succeed. Alienate or lose the smartest workers, and the business will suffer. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but it'll happen.
Jim - 4/6/2004 12:54:28 PM
Sadly, the number of psycho bosses seems to have increased in this turbulent economy. Many employers see that good jobs are scarce (fair enough) so they use that as an excuse to treat workers terribly, because they can be easily replaced. Stupid mistake. Myopic management sees their organization as the sum of its desks and PCs and coffee makers, but it's the brains of the contributors (the employees) that make organizations succeed. Alienate or lose the smartest workers, and the business will suffer. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but it'll happen.
Julie - 4/5/2004 10:11:19 PM
I agree whole heartedly. My motto has always been train them to replace me. Makes my job easier and we both go far as a team!

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