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The business meeting that got stunningly truthful

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Robert Lentz

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in Leaders & Managers,Leadership Skills

The company I was working for was in trouble, and everyone seemed to know it. A decision had been made two years before to expand aggressively, but then competitors had very quickly caught up to the technology that our CEO, an affable and eternally optimistic guy, had cleverly leveraged. Bonuses stopped; goals weren’t met. People were nervous.

A meeting was called about a brief delay in a product launch and the usual gang gathered in one of the conference rooms. I was very low on the totem pole, didn’t say much.

After one or two pleasantries, the CEO opened the meeting with these words: “Hey, I know everyone is pretty nervous about our financial situation. I just want to know what we’re all fearing. Everybody.”

Silence in the room. What exactly did he mean?

“If anyone’s worried about losing their job,” he went on, “I actually can’t tell you what’s going to happen. But I’m interested to hear what you...(register to read more)

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