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When people show you who they're truly are, believe it. This is not just a good dating tip, but a good tip for organizations too.
Organizations with leaders that are malicious, insensitive, and @#$$holes in general, but exceptional in their work are made to stay and wreak havoc inside because basically, they deliver. If that's all there is to matter, what happens when these kinds of people are given more responsibilities. How much more are they willing to sacrifice ethics and principles to get/save more monies, scrimp on good management practices, and then blame their self-created problems on their partners, funders, creditors, and/or customers? The list will be endless.
If your kid behaves badly in a supermarket, you don't reward it with a candy and hoping that this behavior will go away instead the opposite will happen. As a parent, you need to make sure that you're the boss and that there is no reason justifiable to make them behave badly in a public place.
I was sitting as a Board Member one time deliberating on a staff issue. Apparently this staff filed a human rights complaint against her previous employer. She was hired based on her good credentials and after a few months at work, several issues came up. With her in the office, things started to unravel. There were issues related to fighting with another staff over comments heard/said, etc. After six months, lo and behold, we had a serious case of discrimination in front of the Board. There were some staff that resigned one by one and we knew that she has stirred up every one's feathers. In hindsight, it was a bad hire from the very beginning.
Same thing in organizations run by values, principles, regulations, and a code of conduct. You can't be believe that in the non-profit organizations, there are countless safeguarding policies in place. Yet, things happen even to the highest global organizations such as the UN to the lowliest, tiniest non-profit in a small town. Turning a blind eye on judgement lapses of a leader or supervisor or staff, is encouraging more failures in this department.
The biggest scams and scandals in the corporate world come from unchecked lying, cheating, and cutting corners. Small doses of these are invisible and therefore difficult to detect, but manager and supervisors should be able to distinguish between ignorance of rules/policies or willful disregard for these guidelines.
You can't know how a person will perform in his/her job during the hiring process. But after a few months, you'd better know if that person will be a liability or an asset in the long run.
Don't sleep on your job. Believe them if they're showing you who they really are.
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