Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Questionable Assumptions About Work

Some questionable assumptions about work:

The more you work, the more you produce. All of us are smarter than one of us. Every person wants to do a good job. The board and the employees have the same primary goals. A focus on the results you want will produce the results you need. Mavericks are misunderstood geniuses. When people really need help, they will ask for it. Open door policies work. Performance evaluations are accurate. Charismatic leaders are effective. The best employees like working on teams. There is plenty of time for thinking. People get enough rest. Low turn-over is a good sign. The rules make sense. Poor performance is not rewarded. The employee handbook has been read. The CEO knows what's going on. Complaints are bad news. You can manage your time. If we do it for one, we'll have to do it for all. No one knows about the affair. Supervisors need more training than executives. Highly dysfunctional employees are fired. Agreement is better than conflict. We know how we learn. We know why we work. We know what we're doing. Our dreams are distant.


Wally Bock said...

I thought this post would make an especially nice "bonus" in my Three Star Leadership Midweek Review of the Business Blogs.


Wally Bock

Michael Wade said...


Thanks! I'm honored.