Sometimes we get so caught up in daily tasks and deadlines that we forget to take care of what really matters. That’s a prescription for disaster, even though you may feel like you’re meeting many deadlines.
For example, June’s team was in the process of growing from five to 10 people. She had way too much on her plate to do everything. So, she delegated the tasks she didn’t like or that didn’t seem urgent to her to her assistant, Don.
After about six months, June noticed that nearly all the new hires on her team didn’t respect her and whispered behind her back. She overheard them mocking her just like Don often did. They seemed to enjoy her pained expression, and didn’t seem to be afraid of repercussions for their behavior.
Don, a sneaky bully, had taken power in the office.
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Prevent office coups by sneaky bullies
June knew she had done nothing wrong to them and couldn’t image what had turned them against her. Finally, June realized what had happened. The new hires were acting just like Don did. She had turned over a critical task – hiring and training of new employees – to someone who didn’t like her.
Don had created an unofficial and hostile power center within her team. The new employees were loyal to the person who had hired and trained them. Even worse, June had enabled his hostile takeover by promoting him to become her assistant, despite his previous antagonistic behavior. She’d hoped he’d respond to her generous gesture with friendship and loyalty.
June had discovered some hard truths: - see article for details about how June solved her problem.
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