5 Symptoms of the Anorexic Organization

Healthy organizations have some fat.

The “Lean Organization” has been a hot concept in recent years, but no one is talking about what happens when it becomes an unhealthy obsession for some leaders.

I’m calling it the Anorexic Organization.

Before you think I’m making light of a serious disorder, please note that  I’ve had a very close family member go through an eating disorder.  It’s no laughing matter.

People with eating disorders seek to control their world by overexercising and not giving their bodies the support and fuel it needs.  It is a very miserable situation and can lead to death.

Is your organization anorexic?

Here are the 5 symptoms to watch for:

1) The organization cuts people on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, etc.) .

2) They don’t hire more people when sales are growing.

3) The leaders continue to push their team to be faster, smarter, and more productive, even though they are past their breaking point.

4) People are consistently leaving for horizontal career moves.

5) When someone leaves a full-time position, the position may not be filled right away.

 

Never before have such unrealistic expectations been placed on team members. Increasing productivity comes at a cost.

You can’t focus on growing if you’re focused on cutting.  You can’t cut your way to marketing leadership.

  • Cutting leaders means following.
  • Cutting innovators means stagnation.
  • Cutting support people means your team and clients feel less important.

It’s time to hire again.

Have a healthy night,

Aaron @Biebert

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