First, understand that employees evaulate the CONTENT of a statement and are not generally impressed just because a manager said it. Whether "mtothar" is a manager or not doesn't concern me. The situation that prompts him to comment IS what concerns me.
You are very upset that "mtothar" used epithets in one of his posts. In case you didn't notice, those epithets weren't DIRECTED at anyone, but used in a discussion of slander and character assassination.
If you had watched "60 Minutes" tonight you would have heard a long excerpt read from a book written by Professor Kennedy(?), an academic.
The book discusses in some detail the usage and context of a common epithet. The title of the book is that epithet. It starts with the letter "N". You may rest a little easier knowing that Professor Kennedy is a rather handsome black man. Let's hope he's not also a musician and an "heir" to anything.
Your example of Harvard's Professor Kotter, and his ideas for "leading change" are a wonderful example of why Mort Sahl got out of doing satire years ago.
You cite the following as "knowledge & wisdom" delivered to us by Professor Kotter, for "leading change":
#1 - "Create a crisis by allowing a financial loss"
Are you saying that Carly provoked, even encouraged financial loss so she could act as a change agent ?? And do you wonder why shareholders might question this ??
#2) "Set revenue, income, productivity, customer sat and cycle-time targets so high that they can't be reached by conducting business as usual."
Would you have us believe that when Carly set high revenue goals in a faltering economy, she was simply acting as a change agent ?? Do you believe that Carly set goals for employees to achieve, knowing that they could NOT achieve them ?? Manipulation ??
If Professor Kotter and his ilk are your icons, then I pity the people who work under you. When you finally pull YOUR head from the sand, you may one day understand that blind allegiance is cold comfort at the end of the day.