Woof. Don’t Kick My Team

In a day and age of less than loyal companies, governments who are trying to eliminate unions, jobs being outsourced faster than McDonalds can process an order… Company loyalty can sometimes feel like a quaint old idea that went the way of the gold watch and working for a firm until you die.

But in my own experience, and with my own teams, I’ve never felt that way. I’ve always seen my teams – either professional colleagues or even the teams of college students who did amazing work for local firms – as part of an island oasis amidst the craziness of corporate (or university) life. We didn’t have to buy into the typical corporate/academic culture. We could do better.

But such a choice starts with the leader. There’s an old saying: don’t kick my dog. I can kick my dog, but don’t you kick my dog. And I feel the same way about my teams. “In the house” or “behind closed doors” we can have our disagreements, our spats, or struggles. But in front of the client, or boss, we hang together; and that means that we ALL have each other’s back. We work together, we win together, we lose together. But that’s the essence of a team.

My advice: Being a “supervisor” isn’t good enough anymore. You have to be a “leader” and that means making a choice: being in the trenches with, and caring about, the people who give their time, talents and efforts to YOU and YOUR team. If you want good people to care about what they do – then you have to show that THEY and their hard work MATTERS. Stick up for your people.

Category: Loyalty, Organizational Management

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