• Christopher Gentry

    Great article! However, with all due respect, I disagree with some of your stances.

    For quite some time, it has been an unspoken truth that employees are expected to be grateful for their opportunity to earn their pay. Companies with good culture and bad culture alike used the economic downfall as a bargaining chip – at some point. Because of this mentality, many employers have halted their efforts to go the extra mile in employee satisfaction.

    That stated, the concept of manager/employee mentorship is quickly fading. The relational correspondence is at best slightly nurturing with no room for mistakes; completely performance driven with little to no professional development. Whom do we blame for this important managerial mistake?

    Do we blame this on the technology age? With access to so many sources of information do we now expect a closer level of perfection and tolerate a lesser level of humanity?

    Far too many “leaders” are expecting employees to motivate themselves. Is that not the opposite of a leader? A “leader” is the first among equals; capable of motivating and inspiring but humble enough to listen to employees. I ask this question; why are we leaving so much in the hands of the employee? Is it because our “leaders” are really “managers” in disguise; unable to provide true leadership? If that be the case, it would be their downfall. They need to humbly admit their faults vs creating a picture of employee incompetency. You may be familiar with a time a “leader” used this approach in your organization. It is a major cause of attrition and turnover.

    In short, so many incapable senior leaders know their organization well enough to hide – and they hide very well.