Don’t Pull a “Bale”

Posted February 9, 2009 in Latest News & Insights

The big news on YouTube last week was a clip of Christian Bale blasting a light tech on the set of Terminator 24 (or whatever number they’re up to these days).

The outburst is digusting.  It’s ego-driven and completely and utterly distasteful.  Sadly, it’s not just actors that suffer from the complete megalomania that makes them think that this type of behaviour is justified and acceptable.  I’m sure we’ve all seen this type of behaviour within our own organizations to one degree or another.

But what I want to know is, where was the Director in all of this?  Isn’t he the supposed “leader” of a film?  Where was he during this ridiculous temper tantrum?

Sadly, I’ve seen many a team tolerate this type of behaviour from supposedly “star” performers.  Everyone talks about “living the values”  – unless it’s the guy that drives the biggest sales result, and then it’s o.k. for him to verbally abuse a co-worker.

True leadership begins with the courage to take unpopular decisions; to act with integrity and to “walk the talk”.  If your organization values teamwork, then don’t reward people who don’t live it.  All that does is undermine your culture and make a mockery of any rewards systems designed to support the values you are trying to ingrain.

Here’s what I know for sure…Everybody is replaceable… and that includes your diva employee with the big results and matching bad attitude. 

So, if you’re dealing with an out-of-control diva who’s regularly “pulling a Bale”, be brave and make the move you know you need to make this week.  Who knows… maybe the improved morale will boost your team performance more than you could even imagine.  And, I bet you’ll sleep better at night.

Happy leading!


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