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Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst globally recognized as an expert on leadership. He is the author of The Leaders We Need, And What Makes Us Follow.

Shared Sacrifice

My experience working with unions and management is that cooperation depends on mutual respect, transparency, and shared sacrifice. Possibly, management can scare the union into accepting its terms by threatening to close the paper. The result would be an angry and resentful staff.

The alternative requires management to be fully open about the business, revenues and costs, future expectations and what it would take to sustain the business. The union should be invited to suggest ideas for improving the bottom line. Furthermore, if union members accept cuts in salary and benefits, so should management.

By Michael Maccoby

 |  May 5, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
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