Hello, Roy. On Friday, March 13, 2009, at 7:32:23 AM, you wrote:
> I agree entirely, Ron, and my suggestion was not totally serious
> ... but unfortunately there are some managers who just cannot
> control themselves, and it is virtually impossible to be
> transparent with them. Any admission of a problem or a mistake
> made, or similar admission, is just what such a manager is looking
> for to allow him (or her) to assert their power and authority.
> Subterfuge is sometimes a survival tactic.
It can be. I find survival tactics to be a poor refuge, but in tough
times what can anyone do? And some people aren't as crazy as I am.
What I choose to believe -- despite its obvious untruth -- is that
by being transparent with such a manager, and jawboning him
mercilessly, I can bring him around to letting the team do their
job. I base that on the fact that I've been successful in doing it
so often. One reason why I've been successful is that my work has
been good ... and it is usually obvious to my management that I
value the work more than I do the job, so that the usual threat
avenues just don't work on me.
Most people, again, aren't that crazy, so they are more likely to
drop into survival mode.
I think that's tragic, and I cannot recommend it, though I can
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