Here are a few bad management ideas to apply if you want your team exhausted, potatosad, ineffective or bored :
- Bossy Tinpot Dictators are the worst pain in the ass ever. One could wonder how they just find the drive to “be” that Type.
- Delation based reports is a plague. You just pick up the worse idiots in your team and give them a little cap. Have your favorites to do this.
- Micromanagement is exhausting. Just keep check on people and give little orders about their job (where they don’t need you at all).
- Incompetence or cruelty? Make you team wonder if your strategy is based on one or the other…
- Give orders without explanations, even if you know that your employees will wonder why you need this.
- Don’t ask your team what they think how things should be done.
- Make your team lose their time (for example to fix your mistakes).
- Give paradoxal orders (a command that would undo the other one).
- Suspicion : just show your team you mistrust everything they do for the job.
- Procrastination is great. Just hope the problems will be fixed by magic. Answer it’s “not the moment to talk about it”.
- Invent useless rules. Watch people struggle.
- Be unreliable. Say A to Bill and B to Bob. Decide randomly in the end.
A team is a clock, an engine. There are two types of managers. You can put a little oil here and there, from time to time, and let people work. They all know their job. Or you can add sand.
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Management is funny to study. You’ll find shelves of books to read about that in every good bookstore. So it stays a mystery why we note so many stupid ideas in all hierarchies…
One of the great GREATEST Stupid Idea EVER is the will, from a manager, to have an homogeneous team.
All teachers in the world know that kids have different kinds of intelligence. Some are visual, others need words, etc. It’s the SAME for adults, silly!
You are a manager. You have a team. NOBODY is like the other one. Some are fast, but muddled, others are slow and precise. Some like to talk, others to think, some are one-task, others are multi. Some guys know how to sell, others are great organizers. Some are clumsy but clever, other are dexterous but dumb as dead maggots.
Let people be who they are! USE who they are. Encourage them! They’re good! The LAST thing you should ask people is to follow the same dumb goal. We’re all different, and if you ask people to be the same and get the same objective, you’re just a fool.
Nevertheless, it’s something you’ll see for more centuries. Managers’ stupidity is bottomless. C’est la life, dear. Just facepalm, there’s nothing much more to do here.
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So you work in a store, a big store.
A truck delivers big packs of Halloween shit.
Yeah! That’s the way it works today…
You’re like a bit amazed by such an amount of stupidity.
But you’re told to present all this.
You place it. All of it.
Then, it’s, you can guess, a big failure.
Dust piles up on orange skulls and pumpkins.
Nobody buys it.
Until this angry day in the end of August…
When your good manager says :
“Sales not good, send all this back to the supplier!”.
Well, of course your mind could be full of WTFs.
But it’s not.
You don’t expect common sense from this world.
You just don’t.
You send all back.
This is “normal”.
Because, one week before Halloween…
You install Christmas stuff.
That’s the way this world goes.
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Amused Observation of Chaos is an attitude, sometimes the only one you can use. It appears when :
- You realize you have no more way to fix anything. Or you don’t want to.
- You probably warned who is in charge, who did not believe you. Whatever.
- The staggering state needs you to take back control, and you have NO control on the situation, so you begin to smile (well, you can cry, but WTF).
- It works for a short moment. Chaos and confusion are exhausting. Go away and nap.
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“Obéir au doigt et à l’œil” (“to obey the finger and the eye”) is the French way to say that you’re at somebody’s beck and call.
I found out that it comes from “beckon call”, which makes sense, right? By the way, I learned a word : Beckon – “gesture to come”.
How do you say that in your language? In common use, what’s the radioactivity of “beckon”? Is it neutral like “to call over”? Or does in imply a little slice of servitude? What are the differences between to yield, to comply, to obey, to submit?
What are the dials and levers here? If you’re at somebody’s beck and call, what does it show? Is it about fear? Power? Is it about persons, or systems, companies?
What about the beckoning person? How come this person expects you to act this way? Has he enough power to get you back in “the right track”? Or does he have to understand that “people are not all obedient”? What a shock!
What happens, in a situation where you’re supposed to comply and you don’t? Failure to comply, disobedience, rebelliousness? Why would you? A frontier has been crossed? Did you change? Did you grow up? Has the whole system changed? Did you change your mind? Why?
In what territory to study this? Kingdom? Management? Spouses? Clients/employees? Politics? Parenting? What are the limits of beck and calling?
Erving Goffman explored it a long time ago in books like The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. I copy paste wikipedia :
Goffman believes that all participants in social interactions are engaged in certain practices to avoid being embarrassed or embarrassing others. This led to Goffman’s dramaturgical analysis. Goffman saw a connection between the kinds of acts that people put on in their daily life and theatrical performances.
So : life in society is a theater.
In relationships, there’s often a gap between an ideal and… reality. It can lead to drama, or to theater : wear a mask. Acting like you are supposed to do.
In management, it’s the same! One day you realize that your manager is managing as if he was believing his sh*t. And if YOU are the manager, well…
Everything is fine, right?
So what? It can be useful, to be “in peace”!
Where is our theater? What happens when masks fall, and why? Anger? Steam? Change?
Why and how can we become ourselves suddenly, and what would be the consequences?
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I once knew a teacher who amazed me because she was constantly thinking about her Art, inventing new ways to progress, debriefing almost each day.
Of course I know the tale : Never ask a millipede to explain how he manages to get anywhere. He will tie himself in knots!
In fact, I think that most experienced people do not “think” that much about what they do and how they do it. They do their job! It’s how some teachers teach : “I know my job!”.
Unless you work in an area who needs to be really creative (architects, musicians, decorators), there’s a danger once you are “skilled”, once you finished your student’s life. Danger is : mindsets. “I know my job!”. WHY : because you stop learning!
What I remind from these conversations is a phrase she heard constantly from colleagues : “It’s not possible”. Kids this age CAN NOT read. Well, they can…
Well, that’s common sense, right? If you think “It’s not possible”, it probably won’t be!
Tool 1 : Think about your Art.
In your job, what do you do like a machine? Play the game of debriefing, for once. Ask a friend to help you think. Talk. Learn. One Eno’s Oblique Strategies suggests : “Explain it to your parents”. Detect and discover your mindsets. Some are good, useful. Some not.
Tool 2 : You’re now the helper. If you’re a manager, how will you see the little and big fixed/pinned ideas in your team, the “I know my job!”s? The “This is the way we do it”? Yey, change causes resistance to change. But that’s another article !
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