What's this blog really about?

You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Managerial revolution..be a real manager - not a toady

When Marcus Buckingham wrote "Now, Discover Your Strengths," his goal, he said, was to start a revolution.

"...the strengths revolution. At the heart of this revolution is a simple decree: The great organization must not only accommodate the fact that each employee is different, it must watch for clues to each employees natural talents and then position and develop each employee so that his or her talents are transformed into bona fide strengths. By changing the way it selects, measures, develops and channels the careers of its people, this revolutionary organization must build its entire enterprise around the strengths of its people."

It's quite a revolutionary way of thinking when you currently manage by who sucks up best. But it can be learned. Really. It can. You have to lose your fondness for people's mouths and lips on your posterior, but it's less difficult than say a drug addiction.

The problem with The Danville Register & Bee and many organizations is that managers believe being someone's supervisor or "superior" means they ARE superior. They're not usually. Many times people become managers because they've been there a long time, they're friends with the right people, no one else wants the job, they have more education than the other folks, they're in the right place at the right time. Rarely are line employees made managers because they're good managers. RARELY. Once people are elevated into a position of power they tend to focus on the "power" and proceed to take out their mind rape and control fantasies on everyone they have power over. This is why people quit their managers and find new jobs. People [for those at The Danville Register & Bee who don't grasp the concept] prefer to be treated with respect and NOT be bullied or humiliated].

If you are over 40 and your job description still involves wearing your name over your shirt pocket and you don't own the business or carry a weapon as part of your job description, you need to seriously think about rethinking your career choice and your life.

Begin by not working at The Danville Register & Bee and by reading these books.

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