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Why Senior Management Sucks…

March 17, 2009

The world is full of the lazy and the talentless. It sounds harsh but, well there you go. The fast track to success is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. If your goal is to pretend to know everything and to be the most intelligent person in your company then you are, by default a bozo and also by default surrounding yourself with bozos. And bozos are like that apple disease which can bring down the whole orchard with one bad apple. Or as the expression goes “bozosity loves company”.

Senior management is vulnerable to this. Somewhere along the line the old boys figure that by making it through to senior executive status, more or less in one piece then they must be the brightest ones in the room. Wrong. The blind and the feckless knoweth no age barrier. In business the name of the game is to have bright people firing on all cylinders and as much as they can manage. If you are the boss of these people congratulations for hiring them and congratulations for letting them do their thing. If you are tyring to stifle this through some misguided sense of heirachy then you are in decline and will eventually take the service/department/company into decline with you. Hey, I said it was harsh but then so is business today.

This from Bob Hoffman transcends advertising and may help you get a perspective on the value of finding great people and letting them run…

For your own self-preservation you must get rid of bad people and hire good ones. There is no other way to do good work and have a happy life. Talent is a rare and precious thing. The idea that “we’re all creative” is absolute bullshit.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mother Shaffer permalink
    March 30, 2009 9:15 pm

    Ha! I’ve been saying this for years!

  2. Tim permalink*
    March 31, 2009 5:36 am

    Me too.

  3. State Dept Guy permalink
    July 30, 2009 4:36 am

    Entirely true. Too bad management doesn’t see it that way and continues to bash and cripple motivated people. Divide and conquer it seems, a game as old as human kind.

    What is also more than obvious, is that a degree from some fancy school doesn’t provide one with talent and inspiration. Either you have it or you don’t.

  4. Tim permalink*
    July 30, 2009 6:36 am

    True. I’m not sure I have either, but true anyway.

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