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  • Author imageStephan Lendi

Lead whistles, flee stars

In the endless expanse of the corporate jungle, there is a rule as old as the coffee machine in the break room: if you lead, stars will flee. In this thrilling comedy of bad leadership, the best employees are the daring protagonists who take the stage with a spirited exit.

The stage is set, the curtain rises and the whistles blow. These leaders, who believe more in micromanagement and command than inspiration and support, have an amazing ability: they can drive out even the company's most motivated stars at lightning speed.

It often begins with a quiet sigh in the office as the whistle choir intones its melody of incompetence. The stars, once shining talents, realize that their energy and creativity are being stifled by invisible gravitational fields - the signs of bad leadership. The play picks up speed when the best employees have an inner dialog: "Is this really the best I can do with my professional life?"

The stage fills with suppressed tension as the stars begin to pack their bags. The whistles are oblivious, far too busy emphasizing their own importance. The curtain falls on the departing stars, accompanied by a soundtrack of frustrated sighs and the quiet clink of resignation letters.

The comedy reaches its climax when the whistles realize that their best people have disappeared. "Where have they all gone?" they exclaim, while the empty chairs in the office serve as silent witnesses to the failed leadership line. The moral of the story is brought to a sharp point: leadership whistles are experts at expelling their own stars.

The best employees, once the stars of the company, have now conquered new stages on which their talents and ideas can flourish. And the management whistles? They stand on an empty stage, surrounded by a sad ensemble of untalented and unmotivated people.

The lesson from this turbulent comedy? Good employees flee from bad leadership like cats from water. The best talents need room to grow, recognition for their achievements and, above all, inspiring leadership. Those who cannot provide this will soon be playing a lonely solo in an abandoned company.

So the moral of the story is: if you are a leader, remember that leadership should not be a melody of terror. Because when leadership whistles, the real stars flee - and the play becomes a tragedy of missed opportunities.

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