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Surely Working in Hell Can’t Be That Bad

18 May

I’ve been around the block, sure not with any men in the last 1 zillion years, but at work I have.  I kind of sometimes sort of know what I’m doing.  I know that leaders have to believe their employees matter and make a difference if they want the organization to perform well.  I know that ego has a way of derailing progress.  I know that leaders who think they should be the smartest in the room are usually the worst leaders out there.  I know that a leader who doesn’t know what competency is and cancels all of his one on ones with his direct reports is going to probably going to have an under performing team.  I know that if you think diversity and inclusion efforts are just about getting more jobs for women and black people that you’re probably sexist and racist.  And I know that when your senior most leader is the worst at recognizing his staff’s contributions that it’s going to have a negative impact on the entire organization.

Help me.  I’m confused.  How is it possible that an organization that has a world class reputation is run by idiots?  Help me understand.

I sit in meetings with some of the these people and it perplexes me.  How were they promoted?  How have they not been fired?  Can someone truly be so ignorant as to believe that the company employees are all happy?  I don’t get it.  In all seriousness some of them make Trump seem like a genius.  Now that’s bad.

Here’s what I’m dealing with…

A few weeks ago we had a leader who with one email violated federal regulations, organizational policy, and client confidentiality.  Based on her actions there were 3 separate and concrete reasons that she could have been fired.  A situation that should have been sent to the president’s office, and Legal counsel.  Know what the leaders decided to do?  They chose to hide her actions.  And then you know what they did?  They promoted her.

What the double fuck?

This place is playing with my mind.  I gotta get out, right?  It feels like all of this nonsense is starting to play with my reality.  I’m beginning to question whether maybe I’m the one that’s wrong here.  But promoting someone based on style and not substance is bad, right?  And keeping people in jobs where they are terrible and not telling them for years and then eliminating their position because you don’t want to have a conversation about under performing is wrong, right?

Maybe I’m living in the Twilight Zone.  Or maybe it’s a temporary stay in Hell.

I gotta go, right?

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