How to Destroy Your Company in One Step

Is your business being overrun by fiefdoms, with "Little Napoleons" taking control without concern for the larger goals?
Getting Small Businesses Unstuck, Shafran Moltz Group
February 06, 2013 Whenever people are different, many times it's difficult for them to get along, which gets in the way of building a small business.

When I started to run companies 20 years ago, I saw this demonstrated firsthand. Unfortunately, in many groups, people look for reasons to band together for support. I always marveled at the fact that when I employed 30 people in a single office, they would find the silliest ways to separate themselves into smaller groups. The people in the back of the office didn’t like the people in the front because they liked the heat on too high or played their music too loud. The strangest arguments arose that I could never have predicted.

Derek Irvine, vice president at Globoforce, a provider of employee recognition and reward programs, says these "fiefdoms"—groups that exist not for a valid business reason, but to support their leader—destroy companies. "Little  Napoleons" run things, without concern for the larger goals of the company. 

Fiefdoms will always erode any company culture. If people are to work together effectively as a team, they must accept these differences. They don't have to like everyone at work, but need to respect and contribute to one driving company culture.

Read the full article at The Business of HR.

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