Survival tips for business owners and managers…

It is no surprise that in business the greatest pressure is – of course – on the boss. Whilst staff enjoy up to 14 days per year paid sick leave with 4 weeks annual leave, and cumulative long service leave, the poor business owner who has their house on the line often is unable to take a sick day, rarely gets a holiday and certainly gets little choice when to be able to manage this. However, being a “super human” boss isn’t the path to prosperity – just the path to a heart attack.

So here are some tips to get the organisational management and people structure right.

Today’s generation is about a flat management structure, the flatter the better. A meritoracy, where position is based on performance. Bullsh!t seems to come as a bi-product of hierarchical structures. ( You know the sort of thing – I need a car parking space/an assistant/better car / should be promoted to the same position as him/her etc. )

Here are some rules:
Rule 1 No assistants
Rule 2 Pay is measured against performance
Rule 3 Bonus all the staff on group performance
Rule 4 Have regular team meetings
Rule 5 Promote self help and survival tactics and don’t hide the bad news (or the good news) from the staff
Rule 6 Do not tolerate system abuse or bullsh!t from the staff (and occasionally use the f-word to get your point over – see next post, Management by the F Word)
Rule 7 Use contract staff wherever possible (No risk, no politics, pay on performance, no payroll tax, no hassle)

One thought on “Survival tips for business owners and managers…

  1. Good post. A lot of this mentality is rooted in what I have heard called, the “I Deserve It” or “Entitlement” principle. So many in business rationalize these self-centered thoughts with, “I have worked X years, so I deserve it…”, “I make X amount, so I deserve it…”, “I have X title, so I deserve it…”. Unfortunately, when this mentality spills over onto other staff members and at home there are terrible ramifications. In my opinion, it takes more guts to lead as mentioned here than to swing your “weight” around because you’re the boss. But, when a boss makes that leap, it is soooo rewarding and, you’re right, less stress inducing.

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