Imagine you’re heading up a team stationed in Antarctica. And your relationship with some of the crew members goes sour.
There’s nobody else to enforce your authority. In fact, there’s no one for hundreds — if not thousands — of miles.
And you can’t fire anyone. Everyone has a critical role. How do you even punish them?
How can you take things away in a situation where everyone only has the minimum amenities to begin with?
And there’s no one to get much advice or counsel from.
Do you take a stereotypical military perspective and crack the whip? Apply the pirate model and have someone walk the plank?
Research has been done on the subject — and the tough guy stuff wasn’t effective.
What worked? Being democratic and listening. In the harshest conditions you need the softest touch.
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