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THE INDISPENSABLE PERSON.
is a tale of two employees, Jack Smart—the jack (and
master-of-all- trades. the man-of-the hour, the corporate
golden boy—and Joe Schlub who is, to put it simply,
the corporate version of the gravy-stained guy. It is commonly
believed in the company that should you wish to walk on water,
you'd do well to hold Jack Smart's hand. Without old Jack
on the job, why, goodness knows what would collapse.
Now suppose that the company
for financial reasons, has to terminate one of these employees.
It would probably take about four nanoseconds to pass the
pink slip to Joe Schlub.
But before making that decision,
however, it might be wise for the company powers to examine
the role of the indispensable person.
Indispensable people are dangerous.
Apart from the chance of Jack Smart getting hit by a cement
truck on his way to work one morning, throwing the company
into panic and turmoil, there is the more distinct possibility
that Jack will realize just how valuable he is. This puts
him in position to leverage deals that are not in the company's
best interest. Or he might simply walk one day, leaving his
former colleagues and employers scrambling to fill his impossibly
But indispensable individuals
are generally created, not born. And their employers are often
the very instruments that spawn them. Companies actually tend
to set up situations that create indispensable employees.
One of the most efficient ways
to do this is to let someone write his or her own job description,
This very frequently happens when a new position is being
created. Let's say the Acme Mousetrap Company, which has been
totally sales oriented up to now decides to become more sophisticated
by creating a marketing department. So they tap Jack Smart
give him the title of manager and tell him to write a description
of the job. They've just told Jack Smart to invent himself
and the position. They've written him a one-way ticket
Much better to write the job
description to the job, not to the person.
Another way to ensure indispensability
is to leave the employee alone on the firing line. If the
I.P. wants to take a day or two off, he or she knows there
is no one back at the office who can handle the small flash
fires that are almost guaranteed to ignite. Being the solitary
person who can do the job practically guarantees indispensability.
The smart employer take out
indispensability insurance by tucking an ace up the sleeve.
He or she sees to it that every person who begins to look
indispensable, either through personality or position, is
training or mentoring a replacement. An understudy who can
be ready to step onstage should the unthinkable happen to
And if Jack Smart is as psychologically
healthy as you'd want an I.P. to be, he won't be threatened
by the understudy. In fact, he will probably be relived to
know he has a backup.
Is your office or company a
place where indispensable people can easily breed? Maybe you
should take out some I.P. insurance. Take some intelligent
measures to make employees less indispensable. You'll be doing
everyone a big service.
Everyone should be important.
No one should be indispensable.
The indispensable person can often be found in the corner
office. But when the I.P. happens to be the CEO, the rule
still applies: everyone is important; no one is indispensable.
Not even you.
YOU ALONE OR BY YOURSELF?
collection of lawyer anecdotes appeared in the North Shore
Business Journal and the editors credit the The Lawyer's
Journal, the publication of the Massachusetts Bar Association.The
list appears to be the work of the Journal's editor.
doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep
he doesn't know about it until the next morning?"
you present when your picture was taken?"
you alone or by yourself?"
it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?"
"Did he kill
son, the 20-year old, how old is he?"
apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?"
times have you committed suicide?"
City of New York has always been an unruly town but
heavily policed since it earliest days as a Dutch Colony
in the 17th century. It is celebrated today by successful
television programs such as" Blue Bloods"
and "NYPD Blue." Going back to the watchmen
and New York constabulary in the Old Dutch City the
cops were armed only with nightsticks. With little pay
and little supervision they were not eager to put themselves
in harm's way. In 1757 the New York Gazette complained
that they were a "parcel of idle, drinking, vigilant
snorers who never quelled any nocturnal tumult in their
lives...but would perhaps, be as willing to join in
a burglary as any thief in Christendom"
By 1834, "the riot
year" the city seethed with mob violence against
churches, the Irish, blacks and abolitionists. In the
1840s George Templeton exclaimed that "One can't
look out of his window without the risk of being knocked
down by some stray bullet or other that was intended
for somebody else entirely, or fired on speculation
without meaning anything against anybody in particular."
Said Davy Crockett after a brief
visit to The City in 1835, "I thought I would rather
risk myself in an Indian fight than venture among those
creatures after night.
Mayor William Havemeyer
originated the phrase 'New York's Finest' in 1845. But
as one wag told it, they might not have been New York's
finest but by this time they certainly were New York's
toughest. One captain was quoted as saying, about the
police, that "there is no remedy for insulting
language but personal; chastisement." Meaning that
they (the cops) should beat the hell out of anybody
who gives you lip. They did and begun to bring order
to the city Each man wore a copper star; at first citizens
called them "star police," which gave way
to "coppers" and then, and forever to "cops."
Bruce Chadwick, in his
newly published book "Law and Disorder," tells
the story of a mid 1660's constable in early New Amsterdam
walking his beat at night carrying a green lantern to
identify himself and hanging it out the window of his
watch house between patrols. To this day, many New York
City precinct houses have a green light glowing by the
reviewing "Law and Disorder"
Wall Street Journal. 13 May 2017
IT IN THE PAPERS. PART 2
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