Thursday, April 04, 2013
Rutgers University has fired its basketball coach for inappropriate behavior toward the team. The coach forgot, or never considered, that everything one does today can be -- and usually is -- exposed to the public. His dismissal is a lesson to other coaches, administrators and leaders who believe that driving subordinates through abuse is an acceptable management approach. From one perspective, leaders should be paranoid about doing or saying anything that could be misinterpreted. From another, they should welcome dissemination of their methods, especially if they are effective in welding a team together to pursue a common goal. Politicians already have learned the hard way that they cannot make remarks in private. The rest of the world is catching up. Just ask the former coach of Rutgers.