-- Sausage-making Sucks
By D. Kevin Berchelmann
Leadership and management, as discrete processes, can be messy. Sometimes really messy. Ugly. Gross. Maybe even a little disgusting for the faint of heart.
Not the stuff everyone sees; the messiness is behind the scenes, where the sausage is made.
I was coaching a newly promoted leader at a client organization. Sharp guy, lots of potential, people all around him trusted his intentions and judgment. By all appearances, a successful promotion. The problem started, however, when he pulled back the curtain, and saw how the sausage was made.
In fact, during our conversation his exact quote to me was, "Kevin, after seeing how the sausage is made, I'm thinking screw this... I want to be a vegetarian!"