Monday, August 10, 2009


Seems like a long retirement from writing.A lot of thing happened aroung the world since then.The legendary MJ already passed away but H1N1 seems to stay forever and not going away.

I had a lot of unfinished project.......after having a few break from stomach ache,high fever,headache,underpressure and over stress had created a bad aura.Nothing seem to work.Sluggish!........if writing is a positive manner than not writing is also considered a bad negative manners.Must always write!

Just found a good writing here from Ms Margaret Heffernan for about incompetent managers. Maybe we found this stereotype of managers once in a while in our lifetime.

1)Bias Against Action:There are always plenty of reasons not to take a decision,reasons to wait for more information,more options,more opinions.But real managers always display a consistent bias for action.People who don't make mistakes generally don't make anything.Legendary ad man David Ogilvy argued that a good decision today is worth far more than a perfect decision next month.Beware prevaricators.

Have you met this type of guy??I've met a lot of this 'bossy' guy!There is one in the next room whose now going to ruin my future.

2)Secrecy:"we can't tell the staff," is something I hear managers says repeatedly.They defend this argument that the staff will be distracted,confused or simply unable to comprehend what is happening in the business.If you treat employees like children,they will behave that way-which means trouble.If you treat them like adults,they may just respond like wise.Very few matters in business must remain confidential and good managers can identify those easily.The lover of secrecy has trouble being honest and is afraid of letting peers have the information they need to challenge him. He would rather defend his position than advanced the mission.Secrets make the company political,anxious and full of distrust.

100% correct!I can sense that now like a hound dog.It left a smell.....

3) Over- sensitivity: "I know she always late, but if I raise the subject,She'll be hurt." An inability to be direct and honest with staff is a critical warning sign.Can your manager see a problem,address it headlong and move on?If not,problem won't get resolved,they'll grow.When managers say staff is too sensitive,they are usually describing themselves.Wilting violets don't make great leaders.Weed them out.Interestingly,secrecy and over-sensitivity almost always travel together. They are bias against honesty.


4)Love of procedure:Managers who cleave to the rule book,to points of order and who refer to colleagues by their title have forgotten that rules and processes exist to expedite business,not ritualize it.Love of procedure often mask a fatal inability to prioritize - a tendency to polish the silver while the house is burning.

Yeah!! the guy who follow by the book....

5)Preference for weak candidates:We interviewed three job for a new position.One was clearly to junior,the other rubbed everyone up the wrong way and the third stood head and shoulders above the rest. Who did you want to hire?The junior.She felt threatened by the super-competent manager and hadn't the confidence to know that you must always hire people smarter than yourself.

Correct!!indeed ....

6)Focus on small task:Another senior salesperson I hired always produce the most perfect charts,forecast and spreadsheet.She was always on time,her data completely up-to-date.She would always volunteer for project she had no core expertise - marketingplans,financial forecast,meeting with bank managers,the office move.It was all displacement activity to hide the fact that she could not do her real job.

No wonder ..........always.......!!!??****...

7)Inability to hire former employees:I hire a sales once with (apparently) a luminous reputation. But, as we staffed up,he never attracted any candidates from his old company.He'd worked in sales for twenty years - hadn't he mentored anyone who'd want to work with him again?Every good manager has alumni,eager to join the team again;if they don't,smell a rat.

I've said so!!......

8)Allergy to deadlines:A deadline is a commitment.The manager who cannot set,and stick to deadlines,cannot honor commitments.A failure to set and meet deadlines also means that no one can ever feel a true sense of achievement.You can't celebrate milestones if there aren't any.

You'll be dead without dateline achievement.....

9)Addiction to consultants: A common - but expensive - way to put off making decisions is to hire consultanst who can recommend several alternatives.While they're figuring this out ,managers don't have to do anything.And when consultant's choices are presented,the ensuing debates can often absorb hours,days,months.When the consultant leaves,he takes your money and his increased expertise out the door with him.

Usually they overcharged!!

10) Long Hours: In my experience,bad managers work very long hours.They think this is a brand of heroism but it is probably the single biggest hallmark of incompetence.To work efectively, you must prioritize and you must pace yourself. The manager who boasts of late nights,early mornings and no time off cannot manage himself so you'd better not let him manage anyone else.

This type of boss always over acting...don't you think so?But then how did they became the
boss in the first place???Just by acting.....they should go to Hollywood instead........!!!

Bye for now!


Salzanos said...

very good post!! Thanks!

A.Shukri Elias said...

Like your blog !
Keep it up bro.