Invariably, I'm told that their predicament is due to: difficult market conditions beyond their control; wholesale customer defections based on currency fluctuations or unfair trade; a particularly toxic or strangled culture that prevents change.
Brandt claims all unhappy companies look alike sharing five fingerprints:
- A belief that employees are dangerous and lazy.
- A conviction that customers cannot be trusted.
- A focus on policies, not principles.
- An obsession with today, not tomorrow.
- Leadership in all the wrong places.
Brandt does a good job elaborating on each of the five fingerprints. Take a look. While you're there, see if you recognize any of those fingerprints for your company or project.
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