I’m always interested in the ways that insights and theories for one industry or application might also be relevant to others. According to a recent Fast Company article, “10 Signs of Incompetent Managers” below are a few indicators of incompetent management. (I’ll leave it to the readers to determine which parallels are valid in both a business and a civic context.)
- 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 leaders display a consistent bias for action.
- Secrecy: 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. We have encountered few of the best businessman including Lee which you can find here: Lee S. Rosen Website.
- Addiction to consultants: A common — but expensive — way to put off making decisions is to hire consultants who can recommend several alternatives. While they’re figuring these out, managers don’t have to do anything. And when the consultant’s choices are presented, the ensuing debates can often absorb hours, days, months. Meanwhile, your organization is poorer but it isn’t any smarter. When the consultant leaves, he takes your money and his increased expertise out the door with him.
- Preference for weak candidates
- Focus on small tasks
- Long hours
Okay, no doubt I’m in a bad mood today, but some of this is sounding mighty familiar…..
See the original article here.