28 When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall not be liable. 29 If the ox has been accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has been warned but has not restrained it, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death. 30 If a ransom is imposed on the owner, then the owner shall pay whatever is imposed for the redemption of the victim’s life. 31 If it gores a boy or a girl, the owner shall be dealt with according to this same rule. 32 If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall pay to the slave owner thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned. 33 If someone leaves a pit open, or digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls into it, 34 the owner of the pit shall make restitution, giving money to its owner, but keeping the dead animal. 35 If someone’s ox hurts the ox of another, so that it dies, then they shall sell the live ox and divide the price of it; and the dead animal they shall also divide. 36 But if it was known that the ox was accustomed to gore in the past, and its owner has not restrained it, the owner shall restore ox for ox, but keep the dead animal.
In the case of the foolish manager, he now has to hire a replacement, but the learning curve is so steep that the new employee takes several years to get up to a full performance level. Plus the organization may have to endure a lengthy legal battle for wrongful termination under the Family Medical Leave Act. The employee's coworkers learn what happened and, believing they're working for an unfair, ruthless manager, begin leaving in droves. And the ones who stay are even less productive and your organization is now in trouble.
You can see that how you choose to act as a manager can have a ripple affect throughout your organization. There are many stakeholders who can have their ox gored. In the prayer of St. Francis it says, "Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood as to understand."
The foolish manager's choice was just from the standpoint of the organization, but he showed no mercy or understanding, and the results were not positive for the organization.
The wise manager's choice was not just from the standpoint of the organization, but he showed mercy and understanding, and the results were positive for the organization. And this is the key point. You as a manager must balance justice with mercy, but you should tend towards mercy. Remember, a given event will be seen differently depending on the degree to which the viewer’s self-interest is involved or whose ox is being gored.