Secret Diary of an Entrepreneur: Why fear is good

Nobody likes a bully. But let's not get too namby-pamby about this.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Well there’s only one thing to talk about this week, isn’t there? I don’t know about you, but this bullying stuff prompted some serious navel-gazing chez SD this week. Every time I saw someone in the office who’s previously felt the sharp end of my wrath, I actually felt a few pangs of guilt. That’s very unlike me. But although only an idiot would dispute the basic principle – that Bullying Is A Bad Thing – I just hope that all this stuff isn’t going to accelerate our decline into a nation of shrinking violets. As far as I’m concerned, instilling a bit of fear in your staff is no bad thing.

So I’ve given this some serious thought. Have I ever got angry in the office? Yes. Have I ever made someone cry? Yes. Have I ever been accused of treating someone unfairly? Yes. And when I asked myself why, I ended up coming up with lots of the same excuses that have been emanating from Downing Street this week – I’m passionate about my business; I’m very driven to succeed; I have very high standards, and so on. (As it happens I’m not sure that Gordon, like most politicians, is passionate about anything other than self-promotion and self-preservation. But that’s a separate issue.) In fact, I’d be amazed if any entrepreneur running their own business hasn’t done all this stuff... [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]

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