We’re going through a deep crisis of leadership.

Christopher McHale
6 min readMay 31, 2023
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Nowhere is the current crisis of leadership more exposed than in the tech industry.

In the last 12 months, over 120,000 people have lost their jobs in tech companies.

But this systematic gutting of the American workforce makes no sense. Statistics support the opposite. Firing workers does little for a company’s bottom line. And long term, it costs a company more as the economy returns and workers need to be rehired.

Of course there are companies who actually need to cut costs. But the latest data shows cutting staff to survive is a sure sign the company is failing.

In an article of the Stamford News, Jeffrey Pfeffer, the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, maintains layoffs often do not cut costs, as there are many instances of laid-off employees being hired back as contractors, with companies paying the contracting firm. Layoffs often do not increase stock prices, in part because layoffs can signal that a company is having difficulty. Layoffs do not increase productivity. Layoffs do not solve what is often the underlying problem, which is often an ineffective strategy, a loss of market share, or too little revenue.



Christopher McHale

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