Listen Like Thieves (And Other Lessons For Upper Management From The Rock Band INXS)
One thing my Dad told me was that what makes you a man is not how you handle the easy stuff, but how you handle the hard stuff.
He was wrong.
Like a lot of folks we are listening like thieves to the current economic noise to try to prepare for the future. Though we are not doing anything as drastic as firing people ,we are cutting salaries and spending.
And looking for new revenue streams and other prudent things.
Aren’t we the smart guys?
The truth is that the way you handle the hard times shouldn’t be much different than the way you handle the good times.
Here are some rules for upper management. And these are not rules just for hard times, these are rules are all times.
What You Need
(…this is not the end of it all. don’t you know there is a rhythm to take you where you really want to be…)
Do not hire people you don’t need.
If you can afford to get rid of a position then you didn’t need someone in that position anyway.
But don’t make a person change their life to join your team only to find that when things get tough you don’t need them.
It’s not fair to them.
Or to you and your company.
I Need You Tonight
(…i’ve got let you know…you’re one of my kind…)
Always be open.
Have few secrets with your employees.
Make that an obsession.
Firings/layoffs should never come as a surprise.
Nothing good comes from pretending things are ok.
People will appreciate it and probably come up with ways to save themselves and you in the process.
Listen Like Thieves
(when everybody’s down on their knees, listen like thieves…it’s all in your hands)
These are turbulent times. And despite what some people think, it ain’t going away soon.
Your company needs to be careful about the assumptions it makes.
You should be listening carefully not just during the bad times but doing the good times as well. And stick to your core beliefs.
If you do the hard times won’t come as such a surprise.
So despite his wisdom in introducing me to great music, my Dad was, for a change, wrong.
What makes you a man isn’t just the hard stuff.
It’s how you handle the day to day stuff.
And it’s all day to day stuff.
Unless it’s not.
[ P.S.– a side note. The only INXS that matters is the Michael Hutchence era.
He died Nov. 22, 1997. The band has never been the same.]Economy, money comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.