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Management by nagging

July 2, 2008

Some new projects just came into the pipeline yesterday so I’ll be running around for about 2 weeks starting today. Have no choice but to space my blog entries to maybe once every 2 days.

So anyway. You’ve heard of management by objective I’m sure. And management by incentive. And management by walking about. Its time to introduce one that beats them all: management by nagging.

Experience teaches us that nagging is an extremely effective way to get people off their butts and get things moving. Suffering from overworked memories or procrastination? Nagware will fix it. Nagware takes over where moms and spouses leave off, hounding you wherever you are to get things done – by email, sms or voicemail. It does not respect meetings, washroom breaks or “I’m not in” notes. And you will continue to receive irritating reminders until whatever it is you’re supposed to do gets done. Oh, and you can’t fool the system. I should know. I designed it.

Management by objective is great for people who have all day to sit around the coffee table and draw fishbones but if its about the 101 bitty little things you must do by Friday then trust me, nothing beats management by nagging.

This message brought to you by the letter N.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. LC Teh permalink
    July 2, 2008 9:52 am

    Yep, this one works for those with a ‘tidak apa’ work attitude or those with 1001 things on their schedule, they can’t put them all on their ‘to-do’ list. So it’s up to you to keep nagging…

  2. Damien permalink*
    July 2, 2008 9:17 pm

    Haha, yup. Not that those fancy management gurus will be convinced. Its hard to write a 300-page book on nagging among other things. 🙂

  3. LC Teh permalink
    July 3, 2008 10:22 am

    Management gurus make their dough by convincing readers to buy their books. So they write what appeals and sounds most logical to people even if they’re not practical. Even better, throw in some glamorous headings like ‘working hard long hours’ or ‘thinking’ to grow rich. The rich accept it quietly because it sounds just right. Otherwise the rest of the population become suspicious of how they actually got there.

    If we just dissect the commercials or the news we’ll notice that anything can be dressed up to appeal to public taste. Only a matter of time and intensity, the idea will seep in and manifest, then accepted as logic.

    Go ahead, write ‘Management by Nagging’. You can live off it’s royalty. Hahaha…

  4. Damien permalink*
    July 4, 2008 8:55 am

    “The rich accept it quietly because it sounds just right. Otherwise the rest of the population become suspicious of how they actually got there.”

    Reminds me of an old ad for personal financial services in the US. It promises, “We earn money the old fashioned way. We steal it.”

    And anyway, I think my mom can write a better book on nagging than I can any day. 🙂

  5. angeles permalink
    July 13, 2008 2:25 am

    Nagware haha.. you are so right! And thanks for the ‘confirmation’ too, that nagging works 😉

    Hey, I like your style of writing! I’m currently going thru’ your archives.. 🙂

  6. Damien permalink*
    July 13, 2008 8:04 am

    Hi angeles, welcome to my blog. Hope to see you around more.

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