Saturday, February 21, 2009

Test your organization

Some people got to the top of your organization. Did they deserve what they have been handed with? Perhaps the better question is "What have they done with that power?"

As Bob Sutton the author of The No Asshole Rule
puts it:

"The best test of a person's character is how he or she treats those with less power."

If the test doesn't smell good then he suggests the following:

"Avoid pompous jerks whenever possible. They not only can make you feel bad about yourself, chances are that you will eventually start acting like them."

To test your organization he says:

"The best single question for testing an organization’s character is: What happens when people make mistakes?"

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