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farmer2Show of hands… how many of you like being compared to domesticated farm animals? Or even non-domesticated animals for that matter?

Except for honey badgers and wolverines – those are some bad-ass animals. I’m cool if someone said I was like a honey badger or wolverine.

But what about cows? Do you like being compared to a cow? Don’t we all? Why else would people write about treating employees like cows? You’ve seen it. You know the mantra: contented cows give more milk. Contented cows give more milk ergo contented employees give more work. Create contented employees and you get more output with very little if any additional input.

This is the thinking that is being passed off as management advice in our world today. This is what we are sharing, tweeting, blogging about.

Contented freakin cows.

I know this “idea” has been around for a while but it is…

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