Management gone wrong
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NOTE: Managing a family is the ultimate management practice. How do you fare in this department?
Accessory after the fact
If you do not report mismanagement, fraud, conduct unbecoming and other misdemeanors, and there is a court case, you will be deemed an accessory. People have lost their jobs, for knowing, and not informing the organization if such things are going on.
If you fear comebacks, you can report it where no one will know it was you, but you will evidence that you did report it. Report misdemeanors at work here Blow the whistle
Lack of skills
Most problems at work (and at home) are because of mismanagement of some form or another; in most cases where things aren’t working, managers/ parents do not have the skills to deal with people properly. This is not their fault necessarily. Where do you get taught these skills?
If you look at our divorce statistics, it gives a very good indication of our relationship building and maintaining skills in general, i.e. the examples you get from your caregivers and people who are supposed to set the example..
Programmed to “do as you’re told”
You grow up learning to do as you are told without question – at home, at school, by the church, by government, and especially in the military. You are also taught that if you are not right you are wrong, and you fear being wrong. As if everything is either black or white instead of all shades of grey. So what happens? You conform, fit in, toe the line, and try not to ‘rock the boat’. (This happens not only because it is drummed into you, but also because it is ingrained. In hunter gatherer days – if you were not part of a tribe – you did not survive.)
You have very little, if any, role models of how to negotiate, discuss, argue, and learn to settle things amicably, nor do you know how to move forward even if you have differences of opinion because you get stuck in the mire of who’s right/wrong.
Relationships with other people could open you up to tremendous possibilities for increased productivity, growth, learning, contribution and service, and it can also cause you the greatest frustration and pain.
Does management (caregivers/ teachers) have vision, do they treat you with honor and dignity, as a valuable resource, do you trust them enough to talk to them about things that bother you, or do they cause you discomfort, denigrate you, lie to you, keep things from you, and only tell you what they think you ‘need to know’?
Treating the symptoms not the cause
Quick-fix techniques with hoity-toity names that treat the symptoms will never make the difference that is needed. Until we stop treating the symptoms and start treating the problem, all efforts will be counter-productive and may even affect morale adversely, because then people think, here we go again, just another attempt at window-dressing, while the real problems hunker down even stronger, and its business as usual.
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