All entries for Saturday 25 June 2011
June 25, 2011
Coming back in my country and I was in front of a great surprise. I was reading in the news papers that the country has problems but I didn?t expect this. The country is devastated. . . Analyzing this situation I tried to understand what is going on. I have spoken with people around the country from every social class so that I can understand all the arguments.
Yesterday I was for dinner with some managers. We started discussing about the crisis. I started speaking about the necessary transformation without giving specific points so that they can argue what they conceive as transformation.
They gave me the following answer
yes we need a transformation, we need to push more the working force that doesn?t work. . . . . We have to reduce their salaries make them fear that they will lose their work so that we can increase the productivity.It came as a shock to me. I have spoken with people from the working class and they were telling “The only thing we want is to work with dignity”.
They argue that people do not work in productivity when the 300 members of the parliament cannot find a common ground so that they can fight united the crisis. Our people were sacrificed in the temple of short term thinking and easy profit which is responsibility of our management. Out people are misused and abused.
Another example came yesterday when I was participating in a meeting within a Greek SME. During the meeting the managing director-owner of the company stood up went to a window to see the production line came back and said:
“We are spending to much time here and the workers on the shopping floor do not work because they do not have someone to force them they are lazy” This reminded me Paul and Graeme who were telling us “When people feel fear they will both hide the mistakes and do what is enough so that the boss will not shout at them. “Someone in Germany called it Management by fear, which is still better” Dr. Edward Deming