Keep an eye on those first time drinkers!

30 12 2014

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Drunk with power” is a term that carries a lot of history with it.  That means everything from the damage that was done by Adolph Hitler down to the first time you tell a child that they are the oldest, and in charge of their siblings while you run a quick errand.  That’s a recipe for disaster, where you’re almost guaranteed to come back from the errand with at least one of the younger ones crying, and the older one angry because “they won’t listen to me”.

As leaders, we have to be careful, attentive, and be sure to give as much guidance as we can when we promote a new manager.  Keep in mind that we tend to promote those who were really good at their old job, that is, in following the RULES of their old job.  They had the best QA scores, they answered the most phone calls satisfactorily, or otherwise were really good at whatever the job was.  Now, put them in charge, and if you’re not careful, they’ll use that power to take out all kinds of frustration on their old teammates who weren’t as good at their job “as they should have been – like I was” (or they take revenge because they never got the respect they thought they deserved from teammates).  These new managers think that the job could be done better by their peers, and unchecked, might have you ending up having to hire a whole new team, as they drive off their old teammates.

Speaking of standing(by)…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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