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Piss-off factors – how smart managers do stupid things

My latest column in The Globe & Mail‘s Leadership Lab series is out today!

“Why do smart managers do stupid things?”

In this column, I talk about Piss-Off Factors (or POFs), things that short-sighted managers do to destroy employee morale. POFs are something that I have blogged about often, primarily because they occur repeatedly. And interestingly enough, they are rarely intentional (which is why they are SO stupid)!

My column last month (Why are so many managers useless as leaders?) in The Globe went viral with over 30,000 views and over 24,000 “direct” shares in just the first three days, so I hope this one strikes a chord with many people as well. My goal is always to stimulate conversations because (as I know many of you have heard me say before), this is how we get on the road to greater understanding and improved workplaces.

And as always, I’m eagerly awaiting your reactions and perspectives. It’s a short read and I hope that it’s relevant and thought-provoking. Add your viewpoint to The Globe‘s website, or if you wish, drop me an email or send me a tweet (@mergespeaks). And please help me get the word out … pass the link along to your staff and colleagues. I’d love their thoughts as well! And if you have some examples of piss-off factors, PLEASE SHARE! I know that they’re more common than we’d like to believe! Opposing viewpoints always welcome!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Here is a direct link to the article in case you need to cut and paste it elsewhere:

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