"Our health insurer, after receiving our most recent check for premiums, has asked us to expand our Family Leave program. If you have a family, please leave."
from a phony layoff memo, the latest by "Jeremy Blachman, the founder of the Anonymous Lawyer blog, author of a (very funny) novel of the same name, and a past contributor to the [WSJ] Law Blog (here, here), [who] gives his humorous take today on the past 18 months or so in the world of BigLaw."
"During the current global recession, much attention has been devoted to the mistakes that sparked the financial and economic crisis, in hopes of not repeating them. Less has been given to what’s been done well amid the turmoil—to learn, for example, how best to lead a company through these tough times.
"To contribute to that understanding, ... [McKinsey] interviewed the leaders of 14 major companies... all seasoned CEOs or chairmen, asking them to reflect on what they felt they had learned... What emerges from the interviews is agreement on some broad principles that can help guide behavior in the executive suite and the boardroom, as well as interactions with employees, customers, and investors":
At board meetings, put strategy center stage
Be transparent with employees . . .
. . . and investors
Build and protect the culture
Keep faith with the future
Read more in this McKinsey Quarterly article.