E33: The Foreman - Master and Victim of Doubletalk (Part 1)


Please join us as we open Season 4 with a discussion about Fritz J. Roethlisberger’s classic Harvard Business Review article “The FOREMAN: Master and Victim of Double Talk.” Written in 1945, the article details the challenges that industry foremen faced under intense pressures to perform despite significant technological and social changes that whittled away at their autonomy. The result? Increasing dissatisfaction, insecurity, and a reliance on ‘double talk’ – talking out of both sides of the mouth to keep supervisors appeased while paying less attention to the employees circumstances. An article that is relevant to this day!