Historical Handbook: Gary Kapanowski Discusses How History Helps Business

When Detroit native Gary Kapanowski isn’t overseeing accounting or leading Six Sigma seminars, he has several unique hobbies. One of Gary Kapanowski’s passions is history. Gary Kapanowski’s father fought in World War II on the Japanese front, making it natural for Kapanowski to become a World War II enthusiast himself. Gary Kapanowski is also well-versed in the Civil War and Russian studies. Gary Kapanowski shares how historical knowledge helps improve management skills.

Gary Kapanowski

Gary Kapanowski

Make Allies Carefully

Gary Kapanowski recognizes that making allies or forcing partnerships too quickly can lead to trouble for businesses. In World War II, part of Adolf Hitler’s success rested with former allies he could then force to capitulate to his power. Gary Kapanowski recommends managers observe employees to see who is allied with whom. If one or two people hold a great deal of power and always take the lead, that could be a danger signal. More introverted employees may be hesitant to speak up with ideas or defend themselves, according to Gary Kapanowski.

Stay Consistent

As a Civil War buff, Gary Kapanowski recognizes one of the Union’s basic flaws. The Union Army switched generals so often, the troops had no consistent leadership. Business leaders must stay as consistent as army generals. They must weigh all decisions carefully and act in everyone’s best interest as much as possible. Leaders must also make standards clear and avoid waffling or changing plans too often, Gary Kapanowski says.

Don’t Allow Civil War

Employee infighting and bullying makes a company weak. Gary Kapanowski says managers must be on watch and have plans in place to eradicate such behavior and eliminate it before it becomes a major problem in the workplace.

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