I don’t want your baby I don’t trust you?

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”


It is a quaint expression. There are many such sayings all to do with change.

I guess resistance provides eloquent language opportunities!

Even in these “sucky economic” times when employers are being quoted, not to want to hire the unemployed “talent” and gas prices are moving to $4.00 there is still a determination not to look at what is possible rather than not. Much easier thinking negatively. Still too many “buts” in the room.

Being creative it seems is too much work and it is easier to be like “Jell-O” do lots of wobbling around but always staying on the same place on the plate. I know you can think of someone like this.

Then of course with change comes the dilemma of what do you get rid of, what are the “sacred cows.”

Sacred cow (idiom), something considered (perhaps unreasonably) immune from question or criticism.

Do we throw everything out or try to figure out what we keep or not keep. Decisions decisions!

It’s a bit like spring-cleaning. You make your “keeper and throw away piles” and then you get so fed up and tired that you say what the heck lets keep it all I might need it for that rainy day.

Work is very much like this…right! And it’s real and its not so funny!

Especially when you are handing your  “sick baby” to someone else. It’s called passing the buck and getting rid of your people problem onto someone else. I note that too many managers rather then get rid of the “baby” pass it on with supporting cooing to another manager short of staff.

That is why so many businesses keep their “internal terrorists” Those employees who are so disengaged they come to work and destroy your business.  Millions of dollars being spent and the solutions are in front of you.

Don’t be a manager of people if you cannot handle the tough decisions. It’s called ACCOUNTABILITY and gaining a reputation of TRUST.

These “babies” need to be thrown out! Go on hire some of those unemployed who will do an incredible job for you!!

What about the bath water I hear you ask.  Well if your “water” is a toxic environment then you need new water. Often we get confused as to what the problem is and what is contributing to what. Decisions decisions.

We all learn quickly who the real nurturers are and who really don’t take care of their “babies.”

We need people we can trust and who will take care of the business and us. That’s why Gallup put the “infamous” question in the their survey. Do you have a best friend at work? I think it is a great question. How would you answer it if you really thought about it?

I always say it is when times are good that you take the tough decisions’. It is always much easier to frame the tough calls when things are simply awful. The great leaders know that that is just an excuse!


About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on March 3, 2011, in HRMexplorer Blogs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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