years ago I recall having a conversation
with a five year old. He kept referring
to the good old days. I said
what do you mean by the good old days?
His reply, it wasnt as stressful
and people were nicer and more polite.
And this is coming out of the mouth of
someone who hasnt even started first
thing that is certain in life and in this
world today is the uncertainty of the
has been with us for thousands of years
and the only difference today is the relentless
pace of change that is being driven by
technology and economic demands, needs
struggles and circumstances.
are a number of national and international
organizations that are still being run
by old school managers and executives.
These individuals, many of them, are locked
in a style of doing business that may
have worked ten or twenty years ago, but
times are a changing.
of these executives and managers are going
to find themselves on the outside looking
in and wondering how did they get left
behind, when did they get left behind
and is it too late to catch up.
me, I remember and miss the simpler and
gentler times of years gone by. I miss
the ease and pace of life of many years
ago, but I am not too old yet to understand
the need for each of us to do a better
job of blending simplicity with progress.
Some people have become slaves to technology
while others refuse to even accept that
it is here to stay and there is nothing
they can do to stop it, slow it down or
hide from it.
business owners, executives and managers
are still operating under the old
school management style. Lets
see if you are one of them.
old school manager, business owner or
top down autocrat while giving lip service
to bottom up responsibility, decision
making, goal setting and problem solving.
They are arrogant, closed minded, and
often aloof and inaccessible. They believe
to win means beating someone else. They
are concerned that other people in their
organization don't get too much; recognition,
compensation, responsibility or freedom.
They believe that people should sacrifice
their families, health and personal agendas
for the sake of the organization. They
are very competitive and would sell their
children for a customer. They are price
and profit driven. They use people up.
They often feel they are invincible. They
use threats, economic leverage and fear
to get results and they are only concerned
about what they get.
the successful manager/executive of the
to his/her employees, customers, suppliers
and works at creating partnerships both
inside and outside the organization. They
empower people by pushing decision making,
authority, accountability, problem solving,
goal setting and risk taking down through
the organization. They create a strong
team approach to projects, programs, objectives
and solving problems. They encourage cooperation
and open honest communication. They reward
creativity, mistakes that contribute to
improvements and honest feedback. They
see change as an opportunity to grow.
They see problems as necessary to modify
systems, strategies, policies and procedures.
They are reflective, responsive and accessible.
They are driven by creating quality of
life for their employees, customers and
the community. They are not selfish with
the fruits of their employees labors.
They share openly and fairly. They trust
and believe in their people. They are
concerned about values, the environment
a contrast, wouldn't you say. It should
be an easy task to determine where you
fit. You may not fall 100% into either
group, but I'll bet you have more of one
groups characteristics than the other.
challenge is that if you fall into the
old school category, it is time to look
around you and notice that the world is
changing. If you are in the progressive
group don't assume you have it made. Everyday
you will have your attitudes, values,
expectations and perceptions challenged.
You are not home free yet. You must keep
the vigil as you grow your organization,
department or division into the next century.
There will be plenty of new obstacles,
challenges and problems to test your resolve.
just relax and enjoy the roller coaster
ride into the future.
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