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Monday, November 10th, 2008
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Tell the world about your work

Talk about your job – exciting or dull.
Tattle about your boss – good or bad.
Tell us about your company – progressive or backward.

In writing their book, Drs. O’Mally and Baker talked to hundreds of people and gathered dozens of anecdotes that led them to the conclusion that Leading With Kindness is both productive and profitable.

But that’s not enough: We want to use this website to gather even more information!

Post a comment about your job, boss or company. Be detailed. Invite others to weigh in. This is an open forum!

  • John

    I’ve always had bosses I like, but it’s often some other schmuck in the office who ruins it for the rest of us. You know, people who complain no matter what. I bet that even the companies profiled here – no matter how great they are – have complainers.

    Maybe if my bosses were tougher, they’d make the losers sit down and shut up.

  • Julie Worley

    What is going on in our nations public schools when undisclosed Teachers in Texas are carrying loaded,concealed weapons causing children and their families to attend school in fear with the Governor’s support? Texas plans to track truant students with GPS anklets. Children are being treated as though they are convicted criminals. Public Awareness is Key to ending outdated, unacceptable practices. Physical (Corporal) Punishment of Children in Public Schools is alive and well in 21 states and can only be abolished through each states Legislative process. Human Rights Watch and the ACLU issued a report “A Violent Education” with recommendations to American Government 8/20/08 to immediately stop the unacceptable practice of Physical Punishment of Children in Public Schools. It is fundamentally wrong that children are not receiving equal civil rights in our country and when school faculty members are hitting our children with wooden paddles, rulers and other weapons, they are teaching our children that violence is the way to solve problems and promoting bullying. Training educators to use more effective, nonviolent discipline methods is imperative to promoting a safe learning environment for all children and the benefits of nonviolence will be realized in society.

  • Sharon De Sordi

    I have worked in corporate and divison level positions in large public companies for 28 years. I have always know that something critical was missing and now after seeing the show on PBS and logging on to your website, I know what it is. Even though many kind people worked for these companies, the basics of the values and charactor you speak of at the top is always lacking….mostly ego driven. And…..someone is always trying to make a name for themselves. They all have an underlying montra – “how many non-esentials do we need to layoff so we can make the numbers. Something is wrong with this picture. I’ve always been looked upon as the one that was out of step but in fact I was the one who didn’t really fit into their culture. I only have about 5 more years to work and since companies don’t value you after your 40 years old….I’ll just ride the wave! Sad, isn’t it? that people who are so bright and capable loose their way and sell out to the Mackiavellian model.

  • Asha

    Where do we stand as contractors?
    It looks like ‘the world of freelance contracting’ has its own code of practices! Where do we stand as contractors with our previous employers, once our contract has ended? Do we become strangers immediately and comms not encouraged? Are we not supposed to contact our previous employers (ofcourse, not for contracting opportunities!) directly anymore?! Appreciate any thoughts around this…

  • kathleen

    Note to Julie Worley: Perhaps you may consider another forum to address your concerns regarding what amounts to gun control but specifically addresses discipline – or lack there of – in our public school systems.

    As to the subject at hand, I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked for companies who encouraged me to be the best I can be in my chosen field (office admin). My primary employment has revolved around the world of non-profits. Yes, “do-gooders” but the variety has been wide: arts to military to social service. In each instance, I have been encouraged to continue my formal education, been given (paid) opportunities to add to my marketable skill sets, and contribute to my community.

    I have had only one seriously wretched job experience. This job was horrible because the female manager was patronizing, discriminatory,and out-and out threatened by other female employees. Her biggest “sin” was she had no clue how to relate to our clients. No kindness, no encouragement, no empathy/sympathy, no room for error and no kuddos for over and above performance. After four years of mismanagment and huge employee turn-over, the contract was cancelled and she found herself out of a job! Small blessing after all the damage she’d done to the company and to the credibility of the service we offered.

    Note to employers: Give us a reasons to be loyal and we’ll BE loyal. Show us YOUR committment to the company and we’ll follow your lead.

    Had it not been for a military move, I would have stayed with my favorite non-profit organization. My boss gave me all kinds of time to work with my “volunteer” job (working with families of mobilized and deployed soldiers) to the extent that I was allowed to take, and deal with, “volunteer time” phone calls during working hours. My boss recognized that I had a life outside the office. He encouraged me to take care of my life as a military spouse, and my other interests, as long as I met, exceeded, my on-the-job requirements. Shout out to Mr. Kim Campbell, Dallas Wind Symphony!

  • Dan McCarthy

    William and Michael -
    Congratulations, Great Leadership has listed your book, Leading with Kindness, as one of the Best Leadership and Management Books of 2008!

  • Lynda Pietroforte

    I am fortunate enough to work for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. It is without a doubt one of the greatest places to work. Leading with kindness comes instinctively to our leaders. Sharp prides itself in being not for profit but for people.

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