I received this today via email from a colleague and it immediately struck me as something to be shared. How many $1600 mistakes are you making as leader in the way of overreactions, quick decisions with no research, or judgments made without asking questions first. Keep in mind that in Contagious Leadership we talk about “Leaders respond reasonably to both reasonable and unreasonable situations.” Sometimes that means what you want to do and what you do are two different things. Are you doing what will move the team forward or what will likely cost you $1600 or more? Enjoy and oh, of course, stay contagious!
“If you’ve ever worked for a boss who reacts before getting the facts and thinking things through, you will love this!
Arcelor-Mittal Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all slackers.
On a tour of the facilities, the CEO noticed a guy leaning against a wall. The room was full of workers and he wanted to let them know that he meant business. He asked the guy, “How much money do you make a week?”
A little surprised, the young man looked at him and said, “I make $400 a week. Why?”
The CEO said, “Wait right here.” He walked back to his office, came back in two minutes, and handed the guy $1,600 in cash and said, “Here’s four weeks’ pay. Now GET OUT and don’t come back.”
Feeling pretty good about himself, the CEO looked around the room and asked, “Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-ball did here?”
From across the room a voice said, “Pizza delivery guy from Domino’s.”
Monica Wofford, MBA, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, and author who helps managers who were promoted, actually become prepared to lead.