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When organizations lose good people

Posted: Thursday, Apr 11th, 2013

I've worked in Fortune 100 companies for more than 30 years. My experience in those companies spans working with the full spectrum of employees, from top executives and engineers at the world’s largest computer company to the maintenance crews that care for the buildings and grounds. Sometimes good people at all levels in the organization leave great jobs, great companies and great managers for greener pastures and better opportunities. They are usually wished all the best in their new opportunity and the organization they leave behind moves on. This happens, and it is usually good for everyone involved.

However, it has also been my experience that sometimes organizations start to bleed talent. Hemorrhaging those people that are the heart and soul of the operation, people the organization depends on to function at its best and without whom it becomes mediocre or worse. Management is usually to blame. This is the case with the Rural Health Care District (RHCD), and it’s never been worse as far as I can tell. We've lost three excellent health care professionals in less than three months. Regardless of what some board members might think, this is a clear trend, and I see no sign of the change necessary to reverse it.

My experience in the business world tells me that good people leave bad managers, not the organization that employs them. The RHCD Board should take a long hard look in the mirror before our local health care system is broken beyond repair.

For the complete article see the 04-12-2013 issue.

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