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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Business, Culture, Engagement, Featured, Leadership | 7 comments

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

Ted Coiné

Keynote speaker. Author of A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive. Three-time CEO. Chairman and Founder of Switch and Shift. Ted Coiné is one of the most influential business experts on the Web, top-ranked by Forbes, Inc., SAP Business Innovation, and Huffington Post for his leadership, customer experience, and social media influence. Ted consults with owners, CEOs and boards of directors on making their companies more competitive by making them more human-focused. He and his family live in Naples, Florida.

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  • Ashley Andrews

    Great quote – and how true!

    • Ted Coine

      Thanks Ashley!

  • Jessan Dunn Otis

    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.

    • Ted Coine

      You named what may just be the #1 reason we start our own companies, Jessan. And you’re in good company. Bill Gore (WL Gore and Associates) did the exact same thing, for the exact same reasons.

  • Brigitte Kobi

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


    • Ted Coine

      Thanks Brigitte! Leadership & Lipstick is an AWESOME blog!

    • Brigitte Kobi

      Thank you Ted. Have a great Sunday.