How To Be A Despised Manager

How to Lose Friends and Infuriate People – A Manager’s Guide. An excerpt:

  • When an employee is in your office to talk with you, don’t hesitate to answer your phone.
  • Interpret all suggestions for improvement as personal attacks on your leadership.
  • Hold lots of meetings and make sure they have an unfocused agenda. Allow the conversation to meander aimlessly, permitting one tangential comment to give license to the next. Never cut off a rambling participant and if anyone has a good idea, compel that person to assume responsibility for a new committee to pursue the idea. End each meeting with no action items.

3 Replies to “How To Be A Despised Manager”

  1. This was a great refresher course for me. They actually teach this stuff in Project Management 101 but it has been so long that some areas were becoming a bit grey. I hope Steve read them too; it’s always good to brush up on these skills. I wonder if I should organize a little role-playing seminar? Pender, you can take ownership of that, right?

  2. Discussing work activities is forbidden here. Steel White Table is meant to distract you FROM work activities, not encourage them.

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