by Ken Vincent, Featured Contributor
EVER since that survey came out saying that some 70% of workers are not engaged in their work we have been beating up on leadership.
Everyone that can invent an acronym or write a post has jumped on the band wagon. CEO s, Managers, and leaders of all titles have been hammered. They have been accused of being arbitrary, uncaring, unimaginative, dictatorial, lazy, unwilling to change, greedy, and a host of other deficiencies. For the sake of simplicity I”m going to lump all those on the upper rungs of organizations as “executives” and call them “hes”, though they could just as well be females.
Many of the most critical have never been a top executive. Those that have will agree that it isn’t an easy job. It is no walk in the park to try to coordinate a bunch of humans, each with different skills, attitudes, attributes, failings, and preferences. It is like herding rabbits. Sure those executives get to work from home, but that is after they put in 70+ hours in the office. That is at 3 am when they can’t sleep. Plus, keep in mind that he has a lot more skin in the game than the average employee. If he gets fired, he can’t just go across town and get another comparable job. His career and reputation is on the line every day.
Most executives do more things right than wrong or they wouldn’t be in that job, or they won’t last long in it. They do their best to pay you regularly, provide a safe working environment, train you, and recognize you as an important part of the enterprise.
So now let me address those 70% of disengaged employees. Where in the book of life is it written that your employer must cater to you every desire? He doesn’t have to let you work from home, or set your own schedule, or assure you of a work/life balance. He doesn’t have to run the business to suit your personal preferences.
So, disengaged, what happened to self motivation? What happened to the desire to go home and say you did the best you could that day? That you gave 100% or more? That you are proud of having done your best? That you worked at being better today than you were yesterday? What happened to self pride? Those men and women at the top did those things and that is why they are at the top.
Life doesn’t owe you anything. Neither the company, its executives, nor the government is obligated to cater to your whims and preferences. They didn’t adopt you and take you to raise. Grow up and get a grip. Take responsibility for yourself.
If you do what you know is ethical, moral, honest and give your all every day and all day then you too have a chance at being an executive and being accused of being incompetent by all those that are not engaged.