This fuckin’ rant is going to be about something that I’m currently in the midst of trying to straighten out, the workplace. If you’ve heard anything about half of the shit I’ve had to put up with at my current place of employment, you’ll know where I’m going with this. If not… strap yourself in cause this is gonna be a bumpy mother fuckin’ ride. Shit falls from the top and rolls its way down, and ideally by the time it gets to the bottom it isn’t too much bigger than it was when it started. If it is, the main contributing factor is improper management. The leader IS THE LEADER and they NEED to be aware of EVERYTHING that’s going on. On top of that they need to be confident enough in their employees to allow them to handle their own responsibilities without being constantly harassed, or even worse, micromanaged.
Now, I watch a shit ton of Gordon Ramsay workplace “turn-around” shows and the most important aspect of any company, team or group is proper management. The key to keeping your sanity and running a successful business seems to be in striking the balance between not only bustin’ your ass but making sure to not overload yourself to the point that you can’t get as much done as you’d like to because you’re too busy stressing out over what you need to do. You should be on top of your business enough to manage the overall operation, while leaving yourself time for something that directly affects the future of your business… Innovation.
A business that feels and smells like the 1980’s has no goddamn place in 2017. As a side note, it was only until recently, my current place of employment was running computers with wiondows 98 on them because the company that developped the recording software we were running had been out of business since the early 90’s. People become complacent and in this case, management’s lack of innovation and improper management had allowed this air of apathy and stagnation to settle in and destroy the work ethic of everyone involved.
Finally, you need to focus on teamwork. It all begins with clearly defined goals. As long as everyone is on the same page and pulling in the same direction, everyone not only feels valued, but important. Not just important, but effective. In my older age I’ve been finding myself more ambitious, and being in a position where the ambition has me paddling in the opposite direction as the general direction the company has been headed in, has left me frustrated and totally unsatisfied. One of the most important things expected of any single member of any team is that they be trustworthy and respectable, and respect isn’t as key as being trustworthy. Show up on time and pull your fucking weight. Earn your paycheck and contribute, your peers will thank you for it. For as The Rock says, Know your role and shut your mouth (unless of course you see something that needs addressing).
The key to starting and operating a successful business is to surround yourself with the right people and to allow them the freedom to do what they do best. If you can’t trust someone to do their job, they don’t belong on your team… Don’t force them to do something they can’t or don’t want to do, it will only bite you in the ass. In so many cases the leaders or bosses are typically the biggest obstacles in the path of their own success, they’ll either refuse to properly accept feedback, or they’ll assume everything is hunky-dory when it’s actually a hot molten nightmare. As the leader, it’s your responsibility to make sure everyone is happy and comfortable in their position on the team. You are in charge. Take responsibility. That’s all I have to say about that… for now, as that hair has been in my ass for the past six fucking years.