A short story of employees, co-workers, and managers.
“We are over time, over budget and overworked. Things aren’t working. We need to improve how we do this work”, suggested the employee.
“I learned how to be a manager in business school and I know all these different managerial styles so I recommend putting your concern aside based on this business priority evaluation model I studied“, declared the manager.
“I’ve been working this way for over a decade and we’re still running just fine“, interjected the senior employee.
“It’s not your place to make decisions about strategy, your role is to execute”, offered the assistant.
“I’m a busy person and my agenda is already filled with more significant concerns“, rationalized the C-level executive.
“No one listens or gives me the approval/permission to fix this myself“, decided the employee.
“This employee is a bad team-player and has a negative attitude“, decided the manager.
“It’s obvious this employee still has much to learn, there’s still so much for me to teach them“, decided the assistant.
We’re all just people.