LO and Big Layoffs LO5386

Tue, 6 Feb 1996 05:56:03 -0500

Replying to LO5342 --

Tobin writes:
>I have just finished reading Goldratt's latest book, _It's Not Luck_, and
>I think he hit it right on the head when he described the use of
>downsizing, rightsizing, inside-out sizing as often an example of those in
>leadership positions taking the easy way out. I like his idea that we need
>to learn how to make use of the resources we have and find ways to sustain
>the life of the organizations--and the employees who give them life--for
>which we have assumed stewardship.
>I don't have answers on just how to do this, but I do believe the
>consequences of the quick and dirty approach will--like crash dieting--
>have many unexpected side-effects of the sort you are outlining.

I believe there is a term for one such side-effect: Corporate Anorexia.
There was an article in a magazine (can't remember which) that describes
how some companies have gone beyond trimming fat and are now eliminating
muscle. It becomes an addiction just like the disease.

Diane Korzeniewski
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