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I can haz adults

August 20, 2009

Recently I came across a new method of managing staff which is simply too good not to share.

A newly appointed senior manager calls his staff into the meeting room. After the intros and sharing the department’s vision, he tells everyone, “Okay guys, you’re all adults. You know what to do.” And he goes back to his room and shuts the door.

2 weeks later, smoke begins to rise from the department that can be seen from miles away. The staff ran about in disarray. Things begin to fall apart. The senior manager pokes his head out of the room, sees the commotion and calls the staff to the meeting room for another meeting.

“Look, you guys are adults,” he says, “and I expect you to behave like adults.”

He goes back into his room and shuts the door. His staff looks at each other wondering what just happened.

Then one day, one of his staff members gets into a huge argument with someone from another department over poorly written instructions the senior manager had sent out. The senior manager hauls up the guy, sits him down and says, “You’re are an adult. Why don’t you act like one?”

Outside his room, people are busy typing out their CVs.

What do you think are the chances of this senior manager surviving another year?

I’ll tell you: 100%. Why? Because he was promoted by people who are just like him.

Its a novel way to manage, don’t you think? Tell your staff they are adults. Everyone knows adults know what they’re supposed to do. If they mess up because you messed up, you can blame them for not being adults. And if No. 1 comes after you, you can also point your finger at your staff for not being adults. You literally come out looking like a saint.

If I was the company’s shareholder, I’d love it because it makes the management layer redundant. Think of all the money I could save from salaries alone if fired them all. I mean, who needs managers when all the staff are adults and know what to do. πŸ˜€

In other news… My blogging will be erratic these couple of weeks as I try to cope with some surprise changes in a project schedule.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2009 6:19 pm

    How can you write a post like this ..

    Behave yourself Damien ! You’re an adult for Christ sake . Start acting like one !

    Hahaha, I knew that was coming from you, lolz… πŸ˜€

  2. August 21, 2009 8:18 am

    sometimes, the bosses will start telling people to grow up and be an adult. “Start thinking like an adult!”

    then the bosses start doing some childish stuff like finger pointing and those “Not my fault, it’s his” kind of thing. And i thought only kids are good at finger pointing πŸ˜›

    My favorite is senior management who like to say, “You’re a manager. Maybe you should start acting like one.” And then they (sr mgmt) go and act like total retards, haha. πŸ™‚


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