Fight The Power

[fahyt tuh por-er]: This song first appeared on the soundtrack of the 1989 Spike Lee movie Do The Right Thing. Lee recalled in Public Enemy: Inside The Terrordome: “We knew (Fight The Power) was coming out in the summer of 1989, and in the summertime, there’s always one song in New York that, if it’s a hit, you can hear everywhere: on the subway, cars, coming out of people’s houses.”

The House That God Has Forgotten Part 5: We Are Your Leaders

If you would have been working today the hot topic would have been one sentence; “He got off.”

I try to make sure when I am posting here to keep myself under the line, a balancing act trying not to go over the boundaries. BUT this is in the newspaper so it is no reason not to say where it is.

It is The House God Has Forgotten, and the person that got off was freed from all charges in a criminal trail.  The department of corrections said no matter what happens, he still has a job with us. It makes me and a lot of other think…

“What if this would have happened to me?”

Yes what would have happened if it was you? The odds are you would no longer see yourself and who you are in The House That God Has Forgotten, you probably would have been a ghost.

Yes my friend. You would have been fired. Goodbye. No return ticket.

Once a guy went to jail for beating his wife. We never saw him again.

I don’t know which is worse to be charged with, but the wife beater ended up in jail (he was  found guilty) while  other accused of being responsible for an inmates death still had his job… “Just in case”.

Leadership. There are a million pictures of quotes that exist out there, but what does a leader mean?

We have leaders In The House That God Has Forgotten, and I usually try my best to give each one a new start. Not to judge, but see what they are going to do. If they are going to make a change.

Leadership is: “Not because the “old timers” are bad, but because they need to elevated. If you say to someone who is new to your floor “listen to the people that have been here awhile they are good, they can teach you a lot” and you say that at a morning meeting? You can change the perspective of how people see themselves and give them a better way to look at their job.

I can tell you a story about needing positive feedback. Being it that great report you wrote on an inmate “Hey I read your report it was very well written”

To “Hey we were short today, but I want to tell you that I am proud of you for making it happen”

Anyway back to my story;

I spent Christmas day talking for one hour with a woman who needed to ask questions and just listen to her. It was deadly slow. Nothing going on so I sat there and listened to her.

She came in that same day and after I had got home she came with flowers (that are hanging in on the wall by the x-ray machine you can see them if you look in the corner of the window by the microphone take a look! IT will be a fun secret between you and I) and she wrote a mail to The House That God Has Forgotten  that got forward to my boss. The mail called me a cliff and that I should get the biggest pay check. Maybe I should expect more from my boss, but I just got a “Good job” sent as a response to the forwarded mail. When we rode in the elevator on the way to somewhere there was never any comment to me “You did a good job with that woman on the phone! Way to go Calandra” just a little praise is all we are looking for.

Leadership is: Knowing what your workers are doing and how they do their job. I once saw a real leader when a floor was short on staff go out and serve food to the inmates. Does your boss know what you do everyday? How it is to run up and down the corridor sending people to the gym, calling lawyers and answering the countless numbers of requests that come blaring out from the dreaded stento phone?

Leadership is: Giving your workers time off when they need it and not having to beg for vacation. I have over 300 hours of vacation over this next year to spend. That is equal to like 9.5 weeks vacation. I know I will never get them, but they do.

Another classic is when you have a doctors appointment. The sighs and groans. “Can you not schedule these on your days off?”

  1. I am here all the time.
  2. No I have a specialist I meet 4 times a year and those appointments are harder than hell to get.

Leadership is: NOT being afraid to call your boss on the phone. I always get a heaving feeling when I call my boss like I am bothering them for needing something.

Leadership is: Not sitting in meetings every minute of the day. Do I need to explain this? In The House That God Has Forgotten they have more business meetings than Microsoft I am almost sure of. What can they be talking about at all of these meetings that is more important that meeting the people they are actually having meetings about.

Leadership is most importantly in The House That God Has Forgotten: Is stopping all of the bullying that is going on. That they do something about it. Serious changes. I don’t want where I work to be like a High School. I want the glimmer back that I had when I first started, because I knew that it was fun to be there.

Besides, we are family. We spend more time in The House That God Has Forgotten than we do with them. The only difference is that we did not get to choose who we work with, but still even in its ups and downs I have met some really good people.

I am not the type that hangs out with people I work with privately (I am boring a after works I don’t drink alcohol so I rarely get invited to social occasions…) Plus I am an introvert. (I let the real me out here).

BUT I hate what the place has become. Yes, it is the same situations with just different faces (I can tell you this I have been there since 2011), but now it has gotten to the extreme and it is mind blowing.

These people are getting bullied because they are nice. They are getting bullied because they are new (and sadly they will also some of them grow up to be bullies). They are afraid to go to their boss to tell them to stop it. Because they will get get bullied even more.

What do we do about this? We fight the power! We start being the ones that do not tolerate bad leadership. We kick and we crawl and we bang our fists on the tables in the break rooms until someone listens, that someone being our boss. We turn the tables.

I have noticed that everyone that has come to me about this blog are the nice people (now now don’t think I meant you all were that in that post where you love to guess who you are :)). The ones that can make a difference.

We start by writing. Send that anonymous letter and put it in The House That God Has Forgotten and put it in their bosses mailbox. Tell them what you see is wrong and give your solutions to make it better.

Tell your story. That makes you a good leader.

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