By now you've heard the news coming out of Uber. We always knew that this startup darling had a rough and tumble culture, and let's face it - sometimes that's needed to spark innovation. But reasonable people know you can have a performance-based culture without creating an environment full of bad stuff - including harassment.
If you've always wanted to get budget for manager/leadership training, now is the right time to ask. Share this recent quote from Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick in the next week with the right person:
"My job as your leader is to lead…and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud," he wrote. "That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away. This is the first time I've been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it."
Sound like any talented manager/leader in your organization? Of course it does. Kalanick sounds like Jimmy Swaggert admitting his sins back in the day. Look it up Gen Z, that's even before my time.
So share the Uber news and quotes with your boss and have a recommendation for what you can do to get your managers trained up. Be sure to make my passion project a part of those conversations - the Boss Leadership Training Series from Kinetix. It's pretty good and you can laugh with your managers as they get to watch clips like Vince Vaughn from Dodgeball talking about goal setting. Our series is a nice alternative to other capable solutions you'll see from people like DDI - we like to have a little more fun than the traditional approach.
Need more fodder to have that conversation about funding than just the harassment stories at Uber and the above quote from the CEO? Watch this video, which is a conversation between Kalanick and an Uber employee that started out OK and went horribly wrong. Caught on camera - ugh. The best manager training should give your managers/leaders a simple roadmap to following without resorting to closing in a way that places blame on the employee.
Go get that budget and get something done. Even if the Boss series I shared with you above is too much for the man.