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How to succeed (??) in businessPosted Sunday, April 27, 2008, at 4:00 PM
In a way, it seems odd to me that some persons holding supervisory positions in businesses would have to be told how to manage people.
Rainy, cool Sunday afternoons are good times to check out bookstores. While I was at one in Murfreesboro I glanced through one of many business books on how to manage employees.
Most have titles or subtitles similar to "How to Succeed in Management" or "Management Strategies."
One book, within a chapter on how to discipline problem employees, mentioned such tactics as making "sarcastic" or demeaning comments to them or the "silent treatment." Other tactics seemed, honestly, cruel and mean. And I'm not talking about the usual ways you'd probably think of to handle someone.
Welcome to the psychiatric side of management. At least from my way of thinking, a good manager empowers and motivates employees to do their best rather than mistreats them.
Some of those books have good, positive thoughts on how to handle people. Others teach manipulation -- in other words, manuals on how to become total jerks.
I wondered how a Christian manager, who tries to live right, would reconcile his or her beliefs with "sarcastic" comments.
How about some of your experiences with good and bad managers and how they handle things?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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