Old School

The Three Evils of An Old School Workplace

“Work saves us from 3 great evils: boredom, vice, and need.” – Voltaire

But some work is better than others, isn’t it?

Leader, this post is for you.

Does your company’s work save your workers from boredom? Or have you dumbed it down so much that even a monkey would yawn?

Does your company’s work save your employees from vice? Or is the work itself a vice, as your whole organization swindles your customers, deceives your recruits, and outsmarts the communities in which you operate?

Does your company’s work save your workers from need? Or are their jobs actually J.O.B.s – as in, Just Over Broke?

It’s a new age, the Social Age, and all the old school, Industrial Age, Mr. Burns-style practices are being exposed to the light of day. We can’t get away with this kind of thinking and behaving anymore. We never should have, anyway.


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Ted Coiné is a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer and an Inc. Top 100 Leadership and Management Expert. This stance at the crossroads of social and leadership put him in a unique perspective to identify the demise of Industrial Age management and the birth of the Social Age. The result, after five years of trend watching, interviewing and intensive research, is his latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, which he co-authored with Mark Babbitt. An inspirational speaker and popular blogger, Ted is a pioneer of the Human Side of Business (#humanbiz) movement. He is also a serial business founder and three-time CEO. When not speaking at conferences and corporate functions, Ted advises CEOs on how to become Truly Social Leaders, or “Blue Unicorns” as they put it in A World Gone Social, in order to bring their companies into the Social Age. Ted’s advice: “Change is only scary if it’s happening to you. Instead, bring the change your competitors dread. That is something only a Social Age business leader can accomplish.”

  • Great quote – and how true!

  • Thank you, as always, Ted and S & S. I used to work at more than one company that committed “The Three Evils”, then I founded my own company – problem solved. By the way, thanks to Voltaire, too.

  • Brigitte Kobi

    Thanks for this post; short and clear. I like the saying J.O.B. = Job over Broke a lot.

    Brigitte http://brigitte-kobi.com/blog

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