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Piss Poor Leadership and Crony Capitalism

There is no short supply of examples when it comes to crony capitalism and horrible executive leadership. Executive leadership positions are important for a company, but are they truly more important than the boots on the ground employees that keep everything moving and bring in the profits the leadership loves to enjoy yet shares so little? For all the small business owners with employees, even larger businesses as well, take care of your amazing employees and they will take care of you. Let the following be a warning,


When an employee’s performance is consistently good or they go way beyond the call of duty, leadership now expects nothing less and this employee begins to be taken for granted. We can see countless people in leadership positions manipulate high-performing employees to produce more, take on the burden of others, with no extra compensation or financial recognition, or at least the bare minimum, take action to address the significant shortcomings in the performance of other team members these great employees are dragging across the finish line everyday. At some point, these employees will become burnt out and lose all inspiration to continue performing at a high level.

How about examples we all probably have experienced in our working lives?

  1. Come in constantly because of staffing issues, projects, 10, 15, 20 or even 30 minutes early to work, yet only to be talked to by leadership about you not providing a week’s notice before leaving a little early here and there for personal reasons. They forget you come in early all the time but will remember and hold it against you if you don’t give warning to leave early.

  2. Constantly picking up the slack for other employees, taking on more work compared to anyone else, yet when your leadership asks you to pick up even more and you say, “I’m good” or” I’m overloaded right now and I can’t”, you are immediately not a team player, and this will be reflected on your yearly review.

  3. You constantly provide leadership with fantastic ideas or plans of action to improve your team or the company, only to see them denied and later used by leadership like it was their own ideas. You finally stop providing ideas, and they get concerned about you and constantly ask if you have any more ideas to help the team or company. When you say “No I do not” they now feel you are no longer vested and do not want to be here.

Here is some advice for owners with employees and leadership in general. According to Tim McClure, when passionate employees become quiet, it usually signals that the work environment has become very dysfunctional. As a leader, this is something you must observe and act on immediately. Please don’t push your most loyal people to the point that they no longer care. When you have people passionate, inspired, and motivated to help the company achieve its vision while fulfilling its purpose, you must do everything in your power to ensure that this team keeps this vibe. Otherwise, you run the risk of pushing away great talent while settling for mediocrity.

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