Possibly "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. Someone asked him why he had so many successful people working for him-he said, "...it's like mining for gold, sometimes you need to move alot of dirt to find the gold."<quoted text>
I too am a member of management and share a lot of your approach in respects to Lowes. I have been with the company for 13 + yrs and have watch it change dramatically. It isn't the same company I use to work for by no means. At some point I realized it's us against them. I am one who would constantly try to think outside the box and get shut down, question why were implementing certain ideas that don't make Sence, stand up for employees constantly when warranted etc..... Then i too realized I'm just a number (hence my sales ID) and decided to stop killing myself. I find myself as do you staying under the radar, carrying out stupid ridiculous task etc.... How ever, one thing I do pride myself in is making an effort to have always show appreciation to my employees. With out going on a tangen, I wanted to take a moment to say I really appreciate both yours and Dmxmd responses , outlook and experience. You two are obviously very knowledgable and articulate and have a tremendous amount of experience when it comes to both management and making a company successful. Your words are not going unheard. Keep up the good work you two. By the way, you had once mention in a prior discussion a book to read regarding management and how it has changed from the 50's to present. What is the name of that book Sir?
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He was big into developing his people and appreciation. I believe there is a chapt. that talks about how to get people to do things-I found it helpful, some have said it is old fashion-compared to today's mgmt style and approach-yes it is, but he was successful. How many company's following the same corporate strategy are successful in the long run? How many will have the same CEO/President for more than 5 years? Most companies following today's mgmt philosophy are not successful long term. They raid the corporate finances with high CEO salary, benefits and golden parachutes and invest very little into the individual companies so they can satisfy Wall Street. If they fail, no problem they float down on their golden parachute and move onto another company and do the same thing over again.
Thank you for your kind words.