Challenges Facing a Gen X Manager
Rather, I was placed in the Chevy Chase office to create an atmosphere and culture of profitability where none existed before. I was hired to be a marketing expert and business partner to every single associate in my office, so they, using their creativity and talent, could learn how to run successful businesses.
Simply, we are no longer a cottage industry. We are innovative, marketing experts dealing in a multi-billion dollar business. If you don’t look at yourself that way, then this is perhaps no longer what you should be doing.
Did it take time for people to adapt? Absolutely. Did some decide that this was not the right place for them because of the new standard of accountability? Yes. But running a business from the perspective of fear is not leadership — that’s about knowing the goal and striving toward it regardless of condition, hesitation, or fear.
So, how did I answer that morning, in front of everyone, when she so delicately told me that her Ferragamos had existed longer than I?
“Buy new shoes.”