Monday, March 30, 2009


Followup to why you don't want to be like your boss...

I think that it may also have something to do with the demise of the concept of a "job for life", when you worked your way up the corporate ladder in the same organization, and one way of doing this was to emulate your boss - after all, if they are in the job that you want, then what they are doing must be right, surely? As people frequently change companies and roles, they become less likely to show respect for the position of their boss, and seek to connect more on a personal level.

Additionally, there's now a move away from valuing material fulfillment, and towards valuing personal and emotional fulfillment. Maybe in the past, people weren't so much wanting to be like their boss, but wanting to have the lifestyle/perks/freedom that they associated with being the boss?

I wonder if we have made the mistake of focusing on Jack Welch GE style compensation when we should have been focusing on how to be more human towards each other...

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