Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Thoughts on Management

[Business, MBA]

I've been thinking to put this on paper for quite a time, but always something or the other was stopping me. I also need to finish a previous (and unpublished!) post on leadership v/s managing, but that needs to wait for the time being.

So for a start, here are few thoughts on Management:

1. Communication skills are very important! For the Nth time!

2. "The greatest enemy of Communication is the illusion of it" - Pierre Martineau.

3. The ideal first boss is the person who grills you and makes you work harder than expected. The analytical skills gained will be very useful later on. I know the harm of not having a killer boss first hand!

4. An important task is to learn how to suggest your boss that his work has got a flaw. Also important is to tell your employees humbly that their work needs to be re-done, and

5. No one in today's company is indispensable! If that's the case at your place, something is wrong! -> If someone is indispensable, something is wrong.

Critiques are welcome! More to be added.

Edit: Added an explanation in statement 5 above.

4 Comments:

5. No one in today's company is indispensable! If that's the case at your place, something is wrong!

Is this right ??
I think no one is indespensable in all the process oriented compnaies.. It will always make a effect if some very exp guy leaves but the process followed will amke sure that all is well documented and it will still be manageable.
on 8/24/2005 12:29:00 PM  
Sorry for the confusion. I meant: "If someone is indispensable at your company, something is wrong".

The good companies ought to have a process, even if they're startups! -- From a Successful Founder I met recently.
on 8/24/2005 12:53:00 PM  
Nice to read a new post :)

Could you elaborate a bit on point 3 please?

The relationship between killer boss and analytical skills?

I guess it's good to have a boss that pushes you all out, but when you're being pushed all out you don't really want to have your boss :P
on 8/25/2005 04:18:00 AM  
FG: Thanks. I overlooked that earlier :(

Wannabe: The first boss is very important because s/he is very important in defining one's work style. A boss who questions your work will help you sharpen your tools and refine your skills.

My first boss was not very questioning/analytical oriented and in general was lazy (lack of any better word). Needless to say, until I started working with other guys, I didn't learn much new.

However, I understand it is imperative to have a balance. A super-killer boss will make your life hell too, and that seems to be the norm in few industries.
on 8/25/2005 10:26:00 AM  

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