RE: Respect (was Motivation For Overtime?)

Subject: RE: Respect (was Motivation For Overtime?)
From: "Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: Jane -dot- Carnall -at- compaq -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 11:14:22 PDT

Tony Markatos asks: what is respect? Free beer and pizza? Flex hours? The latest PC computer to do my work on? A caring parental figure boss? Stock options?

Jane Carnall responded:

This is beginning to turn into a Platonic dialogue. Respect is *respect*: no counterfeit will fool a bright employee for long.

Tony Markatos responds:

I disagree. A lot of very bright employees are treated with little or marginal respect for very long periods of time. It's just that most of these are only vaguely aware of how much they are being 'taken to the cleaners'.

The foundation of the Capability Maturity Model is effective communications. No scolding-parent boss. No 'hip' boss who insists on child-to-child communications. Just plan old adult-to-adult (i.e., open, honest) communications. Without such communication, project planning will never 'fly'.

Such communications also define what true respect is. Ask yourself what you REALLY want in a work environment; this is it.

Unfortunately, about ninety-eight percent (98%) of all companies are at CMM levels 0 or 1. And it is impossible to get real respect in such companies.

Tony Markatos
(tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com)

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