By | David Klaasen | Helping You Create Clarity, Inspire Your People & Drive Performance | Retain your best people | Changing Management Mindsets and Behaviour | Practical Behaviour Analytics
I’ve recently met a number of senior managers who left a new job after only six or nine months because of the dishonesty of the leaders. It reminded me of the interesting story about an unfortunate HR Director who died, and it goes like this . . .
When he got to the pearly gates an archangel greeted him and asked his profession. When he gave it the archangel smiled and said, “Ahhh we have a very special choice for you, let me show you around”. They went down some steps to a beautifully ornate door, and as it opened, it revealed a magnificent high-ceilinged hall with a sumptuous buffet laid out with a variety of the HR Directors favourite food. There were lots of tables with groups of people laughing and beckoning him over to join them. A DJ started playing his favourite dance music and lots of people got up to dance. The archangel asked the HR Director if he would like to join the party and informed him that this was a place called Hell. The HR Director was a little confused and asked, “If this is Hell what is Heaven like?”
The archangel just smiled and said, “Follow me . . . ”. They went up a long staircase and at the top there was a rather plain-looking door. The archangel beckoned the HR director to open the door and see what was on the other side. As he opened the door he was surprised to see a number of people sitting quietly on little stools. They didn’t even look up at him and seemed to be in deep contemplation.