Friday, April 8, 2011

And You Wonder Why Employees Can't Support Their CEOs

The CEO of a well known company (GoDaddy) has pushed some limits in the past and recently irked PETA and others.  Seems this popular "leader" was enjoying a much needed vacation in Africa when his "help the masses" spirit kicked in.  He decided to help the local tribes people by killing an elephant that was destroying crops.

In part of his interview he seemed satisfied that he had provided a valuable service to the people by providing them with food and saving their struggling crops.

The old story of "give a man a fish" immediately came to mind.  In my opinion he fell short of providing a truly valuable service to the tribe by not spending a little more and providing them with tools that would provide a more permanent solution.  I can't help but wonder if he treats his employees the same way.  It's important that a company leader provide tools to their employees that offer more longer lasting solutions to their work problems.  This is the best way to empower and engage employees.

Another thing I wonder about is if he even considered that some of his thousands of employees may be PETA supporters.  While he may try cloaking his love of hunting behind a curtain of supposedly helpfulness, his employees can see right through it.  PETA awarded Bob Parsons the "scummiest CEO" of the year award - I'll just give him the most arrogant CEO of the year award for not considering his employees before boasting about his exploits.

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