If you ever get the chance to sit in on Kevin Benz’ session “No more A**holes in the Newsroom” you will quickly learn these type of managers poison a newsroom, cost the company money and force good workers to leave.
Benz is a former news director with many years of experience in management. Today as a news consultant he teaches managers how to be productive leaders. He’s also the former chair of RTDNA.
I attended his session at Excellence in Journalism conference in 2016. “We can’t expect things to change if we don’t get help changing it” Benz told a packed room. His session was based on a book called, “The No A**hole Rule.”
Part of it included a test, “Are you an A**hole?”
Benz reminded managers “You’ve got to remember the power of the words you use with people.”
Benz says the number one reason people leave newsrooms is because of their immediate supervisors and it has nothing to do with pay or job location. He also urges news directors to watch the relationship between managers and other employees.