My brother works at a small start-up manufacturing consumer dietary products, & recently told me a story with a good lesson.
The boss has been very successful in growing this company, & knows his product & market very well.
But product competency doesn’t equal leadership competency.
In a recent meeting, in which this boss quizzes his employees on information relevant to their manufacturing operations, he directed a review question to a female employee, “How many grams in a kilogram?” Whether due to the pressure of the situation, or actual forgetfulness, she could not recall the answer, which sent the boss into a fit of rage. “How many times do we have to go over this #!@*!!! blah blah blah.”
That day, the woman walked off the job & hasn’t returned.
So now this small company has to find, hire, & train a new recruit. While this boss has been counting pennies, he’s driven pounds of cash out his door.
What would you do in this situation if you were
- that female worker? or
2. a co-worker witnessing the event?
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