Saturday, March 19, 2005

Inane observations about management

One of the careers I thought about pursuing was management consulting. Other opportunities arose, and I'm quite happy as a software developer (which requires a substantially different set of skills).

1. It is obvious that some training (even of an informal type) in management is essential for everyone, from team leaders up, in any industry.

2. Without a well-defined structure, an organization staffed with the best people will degenerate into a group of rival power bases, where having a power base, and using that power base to protect oneself is more important than doing the right thing for the organization. The unfortunate outsiders who do not have a power base are punished by management for the mistakes/incompetence of those who do have a power base. This often seems to happen in family businesses, for example, where the management is too timid to confront family members, often to the detriment of the company.