As my prior post, Managing is Not Leading demonstrated, we have a deficit in AAA, LLC of skilled leaders.
In my first 16 years at AAA, I can honestly say I never personally experienced political games or decisions that were made that weren't thoughful and ultimately for the good of the business. I was fortunate enough to have one C-level at least who was passionate about doing the right thing, and was driven by it, and I always felt that if that was anyone's personal philosophy, they would not just succeed, but also be able to hold their head up high.
Events of the past week here at AAA, LLC have soured me on that.
I knew, as did many of us, that we suffered from a management problem in the leadership of our division. I didn't fully realize how bad it was until this week, and that makes for great blog fare!
So, stand by, I have a few stories to tell of Bad Management and Unleadership, among them:
- "I can't manage people I can't see" (and the person who said this was NOT over 60!)
- "You're fired! (Well, techcnically, your position was 'eliminated.')"
- Phone firing, or, we spend $1000 on a variable desk, but can't scrum together the $500 airfare to come fire (oops, 'eliminate') you in person.
- How I procured hookers and had them come to a team event, AND kept my job (sorry, this is just a rumour).