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Today’s Gunny’s Note: Failed Leadership


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Have you ever fired, terminated, or laid off an employee?

We are all aware of some fundamental scope of circumstances, differences, or rational for letting someone go.

– Perhaps, there is a criminality factor – we can not save everyone.

– Violating Company policy or procedures – aka (we don’t like you).

– Maybe, the funding ran out for the project – two notable failures at the same time.

Discussing the issue of criminality in the workplace. We are concerned that those who violate the law, should be punished and should not be working with you. However, a deeper reflection could be the result that you are not offering a living wage, but instead a working wage.

* You didn’t take the time to speak to all employees or learn about THEM. Looking inward vice outward.

There could also be a personality conflict on the arisen, you let someone go because they violated a Company policy or procedure.

* You decided not to teach and reinforce the training.

The money simply ran out.

* You simply failed to plan, therefore you planned to fail.

Possible solution to these issues – the exist interview.

Here the leader and the employee need to interviewed. An open discussion as to who, what, where, when, and why the failure occurred.

* How else do you expect to grown as a leader?

* The leader should also write a letter of recommendation for the employee. This should be presented  to the employee at the time of the interview. Yes, for everyone!

If you fancy yourself a leader, then you should already know that a leadership position is not 9 – 5 role. With the after hours phone calls, emails, or call outs. The trials and tribulations that your staff faces on the day-day business aspects.

Moreover, the stresses of being a leader intertwines with your personal life, creating havoc and chaos with the ones that you love the most can often be very frustrating.

Solution here – is to find an alternative stress reducer that is not self-destroying.

Still, employees leave either by design or by your epic failure of leadership.  The key to being a leader is to actually care about those you wish to lead. Get involved, ask questions, be concerned.  While, we can not solve everyone’s issues, but it does not mean we do not care. Just maybe, all you need to do is to listen.

The purpose of this post, is to spark real conversations.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way!


Today’s Gunny’s Note: Career Advice

We live in the digital age with everything is posed online; jobs, career advice; and networking.  While the advice might be plentiful, the jobs in the job market are truly not as abundant as portrayed by the media or the government reports.

So, here is some real advice for the digital job seeker:

  • Be proactive

If you want a full time job, it takes full time hours in the job hunt. That’s right 40 hours per week.

Hint: Door to door still works best. Dress for the next job in the corporate rung. If you are applying for a cashier’s role then dress like the supervisor. But, if you are applying for vice president then dress like the president. Let them see you in the next role.


  • Get to Networking

Talk to your people, friends and countrymen. It’s embarrassing enough to lose your job, but you must put yourself out there via social networking. Let people know that you are looking for a job.

Hint: If you are new to the area or simply do not know where to begin; then try the local chamber of commerce. Attend any free events and mingle. Have your resume loaded on your smartphone.


  • Resumes

There is not a true blue method to the madness of resume writing. If are asked to submit a resume, do your level best.

Hint: If the company has a built in resume builder, you that vice submitting your own creation. It will then be in a format that HR can understand.


We all want a career to be proud of, but mostly a job that pays a living wage not a working wage. Still, the bills need to be paid. You may have to reinvent yourself, this gets harder the older you get. So get started, you have a lot of good left in you.

Caution: Trust everyone and verify everything. Research the company, talk to the people. Remember, you are interviewing the company. While, the organization says that you might not be a good fit. This firm might not be a good suitable for you.

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