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Let's bury phrases like, "Winning isn't most important thing, it's only thing". It's that attitude that caused one parent to shoot another at a hockey rink near here recently. What's more, today's workers don't have to put up with that abuse. They are too smart and have too many options. Let's use effective goal setting, coaching, mentoring, training and motivating. Let's spend time to hire best and then invest in them to make them better. Let's identify those who are not right for job and move them to other positions or 'free them up for other opportunities' by helping them find jobs elsewhere and discharging them with their dignity intact.
This is not just right way to treat people; ironically, it's only way that works. If you have Bobby Knights in your company, pull them aside. Tell them that they are a liability not an asset and that you are sorry you let it go this long. Give them training, tools and an opportunity to change, but make sure they do. Then make sure you lead by example and build an organization where smart people can feel good about trying their best and where achievement is recognized and failure points out areas for improvement.
Let's say good-bye to Bobby Knight and all those like him. The future is too good to be spoiled by their kind.
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