Ludicrous‌ ‌Leadership – Part 6

Useful phrases for the leader who has long ago been rendered obsolete, but hasn’t realized it yet…

– By Nigel Girling

What they say….

“I’m open to your suggestions…”

Often said by the sort of manager who really wants their team to see them as ‘one of the guys’ (no gender bias implied… it’s unisex) and that ‘we’re all in this together’, so let’s really ‘pull together as a team’ and feel like we’re ‘one big happy family’….

What they really mean…

“I have no idea how to do the thing I’m being paid much, much more than you to make happen. Help me. Please help me.”

Funny though how these people who just want to be one of the team are very happy to accept the often massive differentiation in salary that comes with the role and to rationalize away why the people below them can’t be paid a wage their efforts and expertise might demand because ‘the numbers just don’t justify it’… while those same numbers somehow justify theirs.

Of course, they may really be open to ideas and actually want to listen. Some really do. But that isn’t as funny to write.

Written by Nigel Girling, Senior Consultant, Inspirational Development Group

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