Hard Work and Efficient Management = Success? LO28377

From: Alan Cotterell (acotrel@cnl.com.au)
Date: 05/02/02

Replying to LO28366 --

'Efficient Management', an oxymoron.

I'll go so far as to say most managers are simply 'Judas goats'. In one
notable example of a highly paid manager in a large Australian
telecommunications corporation, who fostered an abysmal and wasteful
management culture, an executive higher up the hierachy was asked ' why
did you tolerate this guy?'. The answer was 'he kept the lid on the
unions'. Too many at the top are paranoid. Fear of empowering workers
exists in every organisation employing middle managers. I would ask you a
question. Is your manager the natural leader of your work group? If you
were all brought back to 'square one', would the same person rise to the
top, if the group decided who was to be leader? I think you'll find the
leader would be one of 'them', those people who think for themselves and
influence others (causing guilt by association), always a nuisance, often
talking sense and generally exhibiting competence.. In Australia the
quickest way to the top is by nepotism, the next quickest is by going to
the 'right' school, followed by those who play golf with the CEO.

Think I'm cynical - you'd better believe it!

Best Regards, Al


"Alan Cotterell" <acotrel@cnl.com.au>

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