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August 19, 2010

Comments

Ted

Sounds like that manager did the employee a big favor

Macho Management

My Dear, It is all Business, nothing Personal.

RK

Thank Heavens for the bad managers. The world could not have been a better place without them. They are God sent to spur innovation and growth that comes with new start ups and new ventures.

OD

Respect has to be earned. It is not handed on silver platter.

KS

New manager more interest in levels and compare with himself then respect value of employee.
His thinking, seniority more important than results. It is good employee leave the company. In many place hard to leave and employees stay but no motivation.
Good companies go bad when managers like this.

NS

In this case, the person probably did not deserve any promotion - but the straight talking manager should have said that the issue was the person's work needed improvement, or the person was insufficiently qualified, or had a bad attitude, or all of the above. Could have been true in this case, but generally speaking, being insufficiently old isn't a valid reason. :-)

No NonSense

Lack of common sense and Lack of understanding human psychology are evident in here. The young man in the story, like few others I know, did not care about titles, money. What motivated him was challenges.
By telling "Don't get any ideas for promotion (something that did not matter to young man anyway) for next few years" he effectively told the young man that it does not matter what you do for next few years. We count years not results.

Again, the issue has nothing to do with promotion or title but choice of words and lack of understanding human feelings.

CM

I disagree with OD.

It is trust has to be earned, not respect.
Respect should always be given.

Until there is a good and sound reason to which one loses respect for another, all of us in our professional work and personal lives should treat other people with respect... from the CEO to the janitor.

Being belittled, underminded, yelled at and backstabbed are things that not only break trust and respect but also break business deals and is the antithesis of success in the workplace.

JackL

If I were that young guy, I'd talk to HR right the way. This so called "no nonsense" manager has just exposed the company to a big fat law suit for age discrimination regardless of the context.

The 2 bosses that found out about it should also realize that it's a red flag and if they keep that manager on, they will have a brain drain on their hands.

CM

I disagree with OD.

It is trust has to be earned, not respect.
Respect should always be given.

Until there is a good and sound reason to which one loses respect for another, all of us in our professional work and personal lives should treat other people with respect... from the CEO to the janitor.

Being belittled, underminded, yelled at and backstabbed are things that not only break trust and respect but also break business deals and is the antithesis of success in the workplace.

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