Get on board...


Ellen DeGeneres announced recently that she’s ending her popular talk show after 19 years because “it’s no longer a challenge”. I take that to mean it’s no longer fun, or she’s bored with what she’s doing, or after this terrible year she’s got new priorities, or she’s unwilling to put up with the same BS anymore, or the world is too complicated and she just wants to simplify her life, or (you fill in the blank here with your own pet peeve about life in general in these post-pandemic times). And she’s not alone: business leaders are discovering their employees are uncertain about returning to work because they’re suffering from this same level of anxiety and frustration with life’s complexities. What if the shock of all the massive shutdowns last year is causing people to re-think their past loyalties to work; what if the impact this has had on trust in general is so pervasive that companies need to re-set their employee relations’ philosophies and practices. Leaders are discovering workplace dynamics have changed: they need employees now more than employees need them; and employees might not return to work unless they perceive real changes in fairness, equity, and safety. Don’t be too proud to realize and accept these new realities nor admit you have to learn new management techniques. Here’s a hint: the answers may lie in servant leadership and emotional intelligence. Are you ready to get on board with this today?

 

Marshall McLuhan (1911 – 1980): Canadian philosopher whose work is among the cornerstones of the study of media theory; he coined the expression "the medium is the message" and the term global village, and predicted the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it was invented