So I was watching Shark Tank and they gave an update on how one of the products, "Mensch on a Bench," is doing.
It's selling in Bed, Bath, and Beyond and has exceeded 100,000 units already!
Aside from the doll and book, they are working on Mensch apps, activity kits, and candy bars.
The founder said, "It is hilarious and heartwarming to see all the different ways that families can incorporate Mensches into their lives."
This got me thinking about how being a mensch can also be incorporated into being a great manager!
- Treating people decently and fairly
- Empowering them to do their jobs well
- Empathizing with them as human beings
- Appreciating the power of diversity
- Respecting everyone and their points of view
- Recognizing and rewarding a job well done
Unfortunately, there are too many bad bosses out there that micromanage and abuse their people.
They are arbitrary and dictatorial and never ask what anyone else thinks; they dump the work on their people, but don't lend a hand; they steal their ideas and take credit for their work; on top of it, they might even then stab them in the back when they're not looking; ah, forget about showing any sort of appreciation or kindness--it's dog eat dog.
Hence, being a mensch first is a management must!
Think about people, not as a means to an end, but as an end unto themselves--they are souls interacting with your soul.
Kindness, compassion, empathy...but keep your eyes on the important work and mission you are doing.
Get it done together, as a team, collaboratively, and with everyone contributing towards the endgame.
(Live and) manage as a mensch! ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Bed, Bath, and Beyond)