Following my reply in the previous entry to the now infamous Dollar Bill letter [thank you ber144 for that apt nickname], I received this email from someone who is rooting for us. I'm printing it with permission.
Greetings Mrs. L,
. . .This is
the same Bill who almost exactly a year ago to the day held a phone conference
and fired the entire remote staff of AOL. These are the people who managed
community (see the common thread?) He was just as condescending and
asinine then. He also had the poor judgement to email all employees
(including the 700+ he just canned) after the conference with "We've
dropped the dead weight and it will be smooth sailing from here." Of course we
were all placated with "the lawyers told him exactly what to say, someone messed
up, you weren't supposed to get that email..." The more things change, the
more they stay the same.
AOL no longer cares about community. Community was not paying the
bills. Ads pay the bills.
Jaded Former AOL employee
Once upon a time in her checkered career, Mrs. Linklater was a vice president at one of the
largest ad agencies in the world. She has seen the likes of the Bill
Schreiner types up close and personal, both inside the agency and working with clients.
There are two kinds of people in his position:
The ones who make you
think you are capable of achieving the impossible and give the you freedom
The others who only trust themselves, treat you like you're incompetent, and have to control everything.
You become what your boss says you are. First as an individual. Then as a company.
I think AOL's problems only appear to be financial; in reality, they're more likely a failure of leadership.
Unfortunately most companies confuse leadership with finance. But when
a company takes care of its people, the money takes care of itself.
Also a good healthplan, maybe daycare, job sharing, one of those nice baskets during the holidays -- these also help.
NOTE: You can link to my new blog over there at the bottom of my Other Journals list. Or try this link:
ALSO check out Separation Anxiety's new place and his take on the Bill Schreiner letter [yesterday's post]: