Nice Guys (and girls) can come first
The industrial revolution conjures up a myriad of images based on autocratic, tempestuous, arrogant owners and managers thrashing their whips and barking orders to their employees and colleagues alike. Moving on the odd decade or more into the Thatcherite 1980’s when greed was good and self achievement the only code, not a lot seemed to have changed.
“You will eat what you kill” was something one of my bosses told me when I first moved into a management role “because if you don’t someone else will and you will starve”. The hidden inference (and not that well hidden if the truth be known) was that it’s the survival of the fittest and in business we take no prisoners. As babies and children we of course learn by mirroring our parents and, as a young manager in the 1980’s, it was only natural to learn from ones peers and superiors. Having by and large always worked in a male dominated business, my peer group tended to be men.
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