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The Perfect Boss: Dr. Axel Zein at TEDxStuttgart (Transcript)

Dr Axel Zein at TEDxStuttgart

Axel Zein promotes a new way we manage businesses today: think of business as a sport. In sports, the team is decisive; the team with the best players usually wins. And sports are fun. So what qualifies a manager to be the perfect coach for his team?

TRANSCRIPT:

Good evening.

The perfect manager.

Now Benjamin Franklin said: “Two things in life are certain. Death and taxes.”

Now I dare to add a third thing, a bad boss.

You see as human beings we’re getting healthier, we’re living longer lives, we’re going to end up spending 40 maybe 50 years of our life at work. Now it’s almost certain that during this time we’ll encounter a bad boss.

On that note, an American institute conducted a study and they found out that 60% of American workers were not engaged in their jobs.

Now they ask for the main reason why? And it was very surprising because the main reason was not low pay, the main reason was not insufficient vacation, the main reason was not a poor workplace, the main reason why these people were not engaged in their job was because of a bad boss.

Why is it we have so many employees unsatisfied with their bosses?

Well, I think there are two reasons for that.

First of all, the day you become a manager your job changes totally. When you’re an employee, your performance is defined by your own work. And it doesn’t really matter what you do, whether you’re an engineer, on the shop floor, or whether you’re a cleaner.

You’re in a universe centered on the need of one person. Yourself.

Well the day you become a manager you realize your performance is defined by the work that others are doing: Your team.

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