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Managing up the ladder…

August 31, 2006

A conversation at work today got me thinking… the comment was that

… management should go up the chain, not down.  Employees manage their managers, managers manage vice presidents, and vice presidents manage owners… all by managing the expectations of those higher.  Unbridled expectations top down are a path to failure.

The discussion focused around how many business decisions, both at our organizations and abroad, seem to be stuck in the rut of leadership FORCING a decision without understanding (or caring to) the consequences or realities of the decision.

I had considered the concept; however, had never verbalized it so clearly as he did.   The process of management is defined into leadership when the communication path becomes two-way: management guiding the direction and ADJUSTING based on feedback from those below, adjecent, and above them–and trusting in those who are experts.

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  1. Michael
    September 1, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    management guiding the direction and ADJUSTING based on feedback from those below, adjecent, and above them–and trusting in those who are experts.

    Sounds like the ravings of a cut-and-runner to me. Stay the course! Leave the deciding to the deciders. Have you learned nothing in those management classes of yours??!!

  2. September 1, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    *shrug* Thinking outside of what’s taught in books is what I do best.🙂 I have little to no tolerance for blindly leading and greatly cherish the fact that I have that open relationship with my direct leaderships.

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