Have You Empowered Or Emasculated Your Employees

According to the 21 Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell, Law #12 is the Law of Empowerment. Basically, it echoes Theodore Roosevelt’s sentiment of “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants to be done, and the self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” The problems Maxwell observed that employers faced were 1) fear of being made unneeded, 2) resistance to change, and 3) lacking self-worth.

In this case, while the increased pay did lead to more people staying, the fundamental problems of monotony and micromanagement were still present. But now, with the increased pay, there were stipulations attached to the lives of the workers that dictated what they could or could not do in their private lives, such as requiring a spick and span home, strictly no alcohol, and what the family could wear. These stipulations arose because Henry Ford refused to change his industrial line concept (#2), sought to control his workers’ behaviours so they would not revolt (#1), and did not trust his managers to manage well (#3).

Eventually, the Ford Motor Company in Singapore closed due to the Japanese occupation of Singapore, but the feelings of being emasculated remained within the workers, and with the Japanese occupation being what it was, many of these ex-workers lost their zest for working. On our end, we strive to empower businesses to handle their financial management. We show you how you can do so in such a way that you will not feel unneeded, is easy to switch to, and gives you the sense of control that you might not have experienced. If this is something you want, why not contact us at info@cfosg.sg, and let’s see how we can empower you to be master of your company’s finances.


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