November 25; Managers Have Many Problems; Here’s Another One To Avoid
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25 November

Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,

Proverbs 2:16

Managers Have Many Problems; Here’s Another One To Avoid

Heart Failure

Billy was on the short list for president of the company. Happily married with a van-load of kids he was a straight arrow who was appreciated for delivering results.

Until he started sitting with Darlene.

Billy was moved into a year-long assignment as a final evaluation for the top job. He had targets, a budget. He brought with him a few key deputies and began to staff up. Darlene was a new hire to help manage scheduling. She was something else.

She was charming and beautiful and enjoyed being close to power; close to Billy.

Very close.

She was always well inside Billy’s personal space. Their heads would lean-in together as they consulted on matters important. And there were always a number of very important matters to discuss.

Especially on long plane rides. In First Class. With free booze.

Billy’s key advisors warned him. “You two are too close,” they would say. Darlene’s counsel may or may not have been competent but her delivery was what was causing trouble. The medium was the message.

Their relationship was physically close but never became physical. It didn’t matter: It looked like it was.

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Women, Wealth or Power have been said to be the source of any man’s failure. Or the success. It could go either way.

Managers in a position of responsibility have power–which is an aphrodisiac as former Harvard professor/Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warns (encourages?) us.

Problems with women do not “just happen.” They have three stages: a beginning, middle and an end. And there is a simple three-step solution to avoid female problems.

Womanizing can be handled in three words: never, never, never. Don’t cheat on your wife; don’t “talk” about other women; don’t even think about it. The thoughts would come first, then vocalizing, and then acting. It is safer to hold every thought captive and not start.

This protective wisdom is processed intellectually first in our heads and then emotionally in our hearts.

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Billy’s behavior looked like a lack of discipline and loyalty (to his wife). He didn’t get the promotion. He attempted to return to his old position but was not supported by the organization. He was not effective, missed his forecast and soon left the company “to spend more time with his family” and hung out a “consulting” shingle.

He was asked about having spent so much time with Darlene. “Billy,” asked a friend, “Would you have kept Darlene around if she wasn’t gorgeous?”

“No.” Billy looks down, “If she was a plain-Jane I would never have spent so much time with her.”

He pauses, “I couldn’t stop thinking about her…”

Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, Proverbs 2:16

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