By Ron Pestone
One of the most important aspects of operating a successful sub-contracting firm is the company owner’s relationship with the men and women that work for him and his company. This applies to those in the office as well as those in the field.
While there are many management styles it is my opinion that all of them can be broken down into two camps. One camp manages by fear. You know the type. The boss throws around his weight. He fires because he doesn’t like someone’s face or he assigns impossible tasks and then belittles the individual or individuals in public who couldn’t make his insane demands a reality. He or she is a believer in, “The Art of War” and that it is essential that punishment must exceed the shortcoming or crime by a minimum of ten times. He loves putting his people down in public and anybody who makes the mistake of not following his orders to the tee first suffers belittlement, he ridicule, then demotes and when the beaten employee has been squeezed dry he suffers the ultimate disgrace, public firing.
For every penny he pays he wants a pint of blood. Nothing anybody does is good enough for him. If by chance he gives a compliment it is by design to be used against a fellow worker to humiliate him. In general this manager has no love for mankind and the only thing he does posse in abundance is greed. He wants the whole pie. He resents giving up even crumbs. Working for him is a one way trip to the short end of the stick. An employee could work for him for years making him tons of money but the moment that employee loses a step he is history. To hear the bad manager tell it he is the best thing since sliced bread and you should be grateful to be working for him.
Do these guys and gals really exist, you better believe they do. The really smart ones are chameleons and they hook you by portraying a personality that is not theirs. And believe it they are believable. Once they have you under their thumb and have you hooked on a regular paycheck their real personality surfaces. To them you are just more meat for the sausage grinder.
Many times these managers have limited success and many people confuse their success with their management style, the iron hand of awful consquences. But their real limited success lies in their peoples need for food and shelter. In short, their ability to continually produce weekly paychecks. Often times owners hire managers like these because they think it will bring maximum profits to their companies. The truth is that many times they are hired and given a free ruthless hand because the owner lacks the ability to do the deed himself and he can play the part of the good guy while he enjoys watching degradation of his employees. The love of walking the dark side of life while pretending to be mister nice guy.
Most of us in the business have worked for a least one manager like this in our careers and most of us have worked at screwing him and his company without getting caught. When the opportunity opens up we move to another company in a heartbeat and we leave without an ounce of regret.
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By Ron Pestone