Saturday, May 07, 2011


There comes a point in some organizations when you begin to realize that the people at the top who are supposed to know what they are doing...don't.

They may think they know, but don't realize they don't or they may know they don't know and are simply trying to fake it.

Either way, this can be a grand opportunity for you to find a new approach.


mikee said...

Or, if that doesn't work, find a new job real fast, because the company you are in is doomed.

Michael Wade said...


Good point. Escape may be the best option. I see some people who waste years attempting to transform deeply flawed organizations.


Dan Richwine said...

As a "bossee" it's important for me to know what the bosses know and what they should know. I realized a long time ago that no matter how smart, it is impossible for them to know everything. Indeed, they pay me in part to know things they don't have time to know, and make decisions they don't have time to make, in ways they would have done if they had the time.

At the end of the day, a good employee should be able almost to read the mind of the boss (think Stonewall Jackson's empathy with Lee), and in so doing, do what that boss would do if they had the time and expertise to deal with whatever situation you find yourself in.

Of course, this is all how to actually be a great employee and therefore is an area sadly neglected in business writing these days, where managing your career and subordinates seems more emphasized than becoming the most productive and useful employee you can be. I've gotten so that I'm tempted to write a book on the subject myself, just so there will be at least one out there :)