How talking can slaughter fewer troops.

9 12 2015

“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver.  The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.” ~Winston Churchill

While business leaders aren’t leading troops into battle, it is important to recognize the impact that we have on the real lives of our “troops”.  Everything from assigning difficult tasks to deciding that layoffs are necessary impact the home lives of our staff.  While it might be easier to bury your head in the sand, and pretend that your impact ends when your employee punches out, it’s not the smart (or human) way to work.

Take your coaching sessions with your teams to, among other things, ask how they are doing outside of the office.  How happy are they with the job, on a scale from 1-10?  Are they job hunting, or in a place where they would stay here forever?  Most importantly, what single thing can you, leader, do to move that number closer to 10?  If it’s in your power, and reasonable, consider doing it.  It will pay dividends to both of your careers.

Speaking of maneuvers…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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