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A Formula For Leadership

  • July 6, 2017

Leadership is not a formula or an equation

One of the recurring themes I’ve been thinking about  lately has been this basic equation:

(Bad Leadership + Low Accountability) x Bad Culture = Big Problems

The lead company on this in the headlines has been Uber.  The litany of events that have cropped up to face Uber since the beginning of 2017 are epic in their scope.

Here’s a 5 month timeline:

Think about that timeline for a minute.  Five months from the time a former employee wrote a blog post about a pervasively bad culture to the termination of the CEO and the launch of a major employee relations program.  This doesn’t even take into account the brand damage suffered from social efforts like #DeleteUber or what the future impact to the business will be.  They’ve taken some steps recently and are hopefully getting started on getting things were they want them to be. 

This brings me back to my “formula” of which the Uber story is just one example.

(Bad Leadership + Low Accountability) x Bad Culture = Big Problems

The examples are plentiful, if you look for them.

You may wonder what all this stuff in Silicon Valley has to do with CUE and positive employee relations.  Most CUE members don’t work in startups or in the rarified high-tech air of Silicon Valley or Hollywood.  The thing that differentiates CUE members is they do good work in positive employee relations every day.  Doing that basic work to build a healthy culture and to foster good leadership is what keeps these problems at bay.

And if you think this is just a story from the tech world, this EEOC case against a Tampa based janitorial company was announced yesterday. Tampa-Based Janitorial Service Provider Rejected African-Americans for Jobs and Punished Black Employee for Opposing Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges.   We’ll see how the case turns out eventually, but it is surely not a headline any employer wants to see.

Here’s another headline from Miami: Did Miami’s biggest developer avoid labor taxes? The feds are investigating.

Here are some thoughts on how Silicon Valley might want to move forward from Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn.

Here’s another good way to stay focused on doing the right thing when it comes to employee relations.

CUE Member Early Bird Rate Now Available

Members can register now for the biggest savings by taking advantage of our Early Bird Rate of $775 now through July 29th.  Our theme is Building the Positive Employee Experience, and you can save money by registering at the Early Bird member rate of $775 now through July 29th.


It’s Not Too Late

  • October 4, 2016

It’s not too late to join us for the CUE conference in Dallas on October 16th.cue-imageRegister now and join nearly 300 labor and employee relations professionals for 2.5 days of awesome learning and networking.

We’ve got all the rock star topics:

  • NLRB
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Uber
  • Protecting Your Property Rights
  • Who will win the election….well, maybe not that one, but we do have some expert predictions of how the outcome of the election will impact employers.

Every year, CUE Inc. conducts two national conferences, one in the Spring and the other in the Fall. These events attract labor and employee relations professionals, labor lawyers and consultants from across North America and across the globe. Our members and attendees represent virtually every industry, and companies ranging from small businesses to large Fortune 100 employers.

While attending our conferences, attendees take part in sessions offering a cutting edge focus on pro-active human resources practices, and the latest developments in labor and employee relations. CUE conferences offer unparalleled networking opportunities with hundreds of other labor relations, human resources and operations management professionals.

Earn credits for both the HR Certification Institute certification and SHRM Competencies certification.
(13.25 credits available for Dallas.)

 We’ll see you there!