While everyone is inhaling to blah-blah-blah Jobster over the rumored downsizing, dehumanizing, rightsizing, realigning and pocket lining of the business—all probably in the works, concurrently no doubt – I would venture to make a couple of suggestions as to where we should look for inspiration in what is about to unfold…
Article number one: I am quite sure Jason Goldberg doesn’t give two hoots what people think or say about him. I don’t know Jason Goldberg personally, far from it. I would not presume that what I suspect is true is indeed the case. But I imagine that Jason Goldberg’s need to win—survive if needs be—is far stronger than his need to be liked, loved or even understood. His low need for approval—call it hubris if you like – will make the decisions he has to execute in the coming days as easy said as they will be done. And the quicker it is done and over with the better for Jobster. Look to Jason Goldberg for a lesson in “getting on with business.”
Article number two: Any business decision that negatively impacts the security and comfort of an employee is a damn shame. It is. But in the broader context of things, let’s not get overly sentimental if the business dictates that a number of passive candidates now become active. Isn’t that what “Tag yourself. Rank your skills. Get found.” is about? Isn’t that the Jobster model, premise?
Article number three: Until we get something concrete from Jason Goldberg, forget whether Jobster is a good business or a bad business, or is well managed or badly run. None of us on the sidelines have any direct impact on outcomes within the business so what does all this huffing and puffing contribute to the happiness or well being of someone who is about to get axed, or not, as the case may be.
Article number four: If there are layoffs, let’s hope the opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade isn’t lost as Jobster proactively markets their displaced talent through the Jobster network. If Jobster can pull off an outplacement coup using their own network—wow!—that will make for some positive press. There’s nothing like lemonade to keep the bile down.
Article number five: Kudos! to Jason Goldberg for being a seminal figure, business blogger. Bravo! As I read his post who cares about profits? the feeds on his blog had no fewer than 17 links to articles and comments on the speculation surrounding Jobster, his business/leadership and current predicaments. We are about to witness a case study in transparency and how authenticity can make or break a CEO. For anyone who adheres to these principles of openness and naked conversation, this is going to be an object lesson from which we all take away something of value.
In closing, as to what the final outcome of all this will be, don’t ask me. I don’t know. Unlike some, so quick off the mark, I shall wait to see. With bated breath.