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Company Killer: How to stop FUD before it’s too late!

Why Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt may be draining the life from your organization…

How was your day today?

Are you living the dream or playing out the clock?

Are the decisions your organization is making, spiritually uplifting or are you operating with a pit in your gut?

Our latest research indicates that many of today’s workers—folks that should be operating in career primetime—are too often finding themselves searching for 5 o’clock, ending the day so exhausted that they’re going bed at the same time as their children.

It’s not the work.

It’s not the latest crisis.

It’s not even the economy.

The cause?

F.U.D. Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt.

  • That merger that made millions for the stockholders, meant that thousands weren’t sure how they’d fit in to the new organization.
  • That amazing new sales leader who promised to bring back the good old days, also wants to reorganize.
  • The bosses that think their emotional intelligence is off the chart, while they insult, dismiss or otherwise diminish their employees with the same ease as they shuffle file folders.
  • The HR policy that restricts the contributions of the most capable and most knowledgeable employees in favor of qualifications gained decades before.

It’s the not knowing.


It’s the wondering what’s next.


It’s the gut-wrenching thought that what you do isn’t so valuable any more.


As the saying goes, “if you want to make God laugh, make a plan.”

And of course, there are no guarantees in life but great leadership is becoming more and more about managing expectations (and thereby anxiety) about the future.

Leaders don’t need to coddle employees, who already understand that into each career some rain must fall…

Leaders MUST do everything in their power to minimize the FUD caused by what tomorrow will, or will not bring.

Fortune cookie sum-up?

Leaders need to respect their employees enough to give it to them straight, in as near real time as is possible, because in most cases it isn’t knowing the outcome it’s the not knowing what’s coming.

Until next time, I welcome your stories, comments and ideas directly at jeff@jeffkaplan.com.

Stay connected,


What’s on Your To-Don’t List?

If you are like most people, your life is full of to-do lists. From chores around the house, to the calls you have to make this week. Lists are part and parcel with the way we get things done.

The problem is that while we have the desire to check off everything on our to-do lists, we rarely have the time.

So, how do you pick?

My longtime business partner and friend, Keith Ferrazzi (author of the NYT Bestseller, Never Eat Alone) offers part of the solution by asking a brilliant question, what are the fewest number of the things I have to do to get the change or outcome I desire?

Answering that question is sure to help you prioritize your to-do list.

Last week, I attended an executive luncheon where Mary Quass, President & CEO, NRG Media offered another valuable take on the subject. Mary asked, what’s on your To-Don’t List?

In other words, what can you STOP DOING that will make you more successful?

Makes sense and you probably don’t have to think too long to populate your own list.

To start your year off right remember:

  1. What are the fewest number of things you need to do to propel your success?
  2. What things can you stop doing that will actually help you move forward?
We learn from others. Thanks Keith and thank you Mary!