Them and Us
- Inclusive leadership
- Managing diversity
Supervisors, Team Leaders, Construction.
Mike is a competent and experienced supervisor and his word carries a lot of weight – what he says and does is a key influence on the behaviour of his team. He enjoys banter and understands that having a good laugh helps bind a team. What he doesn’t realise is that his choice of humour can also be divisive and mean that he doesn’t always get the best from his people.
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Don: You said fucking Geordies.
Mike: It’s just a saying.
Don: It’s not a saying! ‘Don’t count your chickens before they hatch’, that’s a saying. ‘Fucking Geordies’ isn’t a saying!
Mike: Well you know what they’re like!
Don: What are they like?
Mike: You must have met one!
Don: I’ve met loads of Geordies. I’m from 50 miles down the road.
Mike: Well then.