I wish I'd have thought of that title.
Anyway, it's subtitled,
"Five tips for managers who've forgotten what it's
like to be at the bottom of the ladder."
Thought-provoking, especially if you've lived through some of the jobs I've held:
*Weed-puller (pulling weeds from the cotton field)
(Ok, it was a summer job in high school, but I thought it was cool to paint the bleachers at the football stadium. This summer-job also included other mind-numbing tasks such as scraping gum from underneath the school desks, scrubbing/mopping/waxing floors, and digging ditches).
Even if most of these jobs were related to time spent in high-school/college, there are lessons to be learned if I'll allow myself the opportunity to "remember." To remember what it's like to work in a job that I didn't like, and, to remember what it's like working for someone whose life-purpose was to make work miserable for everybody else - especially those at the bottom of the ladder.
I like what this articles conveys - it reminds me of a story one of my college professors once told about the past President of a University who would get a job as a garbage collector each summer (incognito of course); said it helped him stay in touch with his roots.
If you've picked up some "bad manager" habits over the years, spend a little time remembering your roots. Unlearn what you've learned over the years from other bad managers - be different - be a leader whose purpose it is to serve.
Even Yoda agrees with me:
"You must unlearn what you have learned." "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will..."
Well said, scruffy-looking nerf-herder.
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