The TV show The Office, in both the original UK and the US version, offers numerous examples of what not to do as a leader; such as imprisoning your staff in a conference room to prove that work is better than jail. But the actual truth of what happens in offices is sometimes more interesting than fiction.
A former boss of mine was a walking exemplar of poor management. As I prepare to be a boss in my own new company, I think back on the many special ways he had of demotivating his staff.
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