Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Crux of a Problem

If you want to enjoy what you do and feel that the world is, in some small way, a better place because of your efforts, you need to take your time.  Sure, you can breeze through being a leader, substituting formulaic actions for true expertise and understanding.  But why would you want to do that?  If you have no time to pay attention beyond that required to set financial targets and hound people to match or exceed them, can you truly call yourself a leader?

There's the crux of the problem:  if outcome is all that matters, especially if it needs to be produced as cheaply as possible, there's no rationale for treating people well.  It costs money and interferes with getting the most out of them in the shortest time.  We rightly despise tyrants and criminals who exploit and enslave people for their own ends, but are there methods so different from corporations that cut costs by forcing people to work longer and longer hours for the same pay?  Or those that renege on pension rights to boost short-term profits?  Or those that outsource manufacturing to Far Eastern sweatshops?  Even though sweatshops are common, they are so widely recognized as wrong that companies employing them go to great lengths trouble to deny or distance themselves from their operations.

From Slow Leadershipby Adrian Savage, 2006.

Good luck ever getting a copy. Emailed the author and he has no plans to reprint.  Appeared to have no interest either.  Too bad for the world.

I can work with you if you let me know.