"We run an absolute dictatorship and that’s what’s going to drive this transformation and deliver results… If you can’t get the people to go there and you try once and you try twice… then you just shoot ‘em and get them out of the way… " - Telstra Chief Operations Officer Greg Winn (at a May business meeting)
Such is the attitude of the featured doodle heads on Four Corners last night masquerading as Telstra senior management these days. What was more disturbing was the growing entrenchment of American style management philosophies into Australian business management.
Is it a sign of the times whereby senior managers are so short term focused on the bottom line at the expense of their human assets; senior management bonuses & performance targets being met through unrealistic employee benchmarks?
Australian Workplace Agreements (Workchoices?) featured prominently.
John Howard has belatedly realised that Australians don't want to be Americans, but it may already be too late to save himself this time.