Modern Middle Manager
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Wednesday, June 11, 2003  

There's an interesting thread going on over at slashdot that reveals much about the posters' perceptions of management. I assume most of the posters are technical professionals (read: not in management) and as such see management as self-centered bastards whose only interest is either to the shareholders or their latest bonus. You know what? I think that, in general, they're right. I have been asked before to cut staffing while noting that the executive bonus pool still got paid out at the end of the year. I've been asked to develop team-building strategies for my department by the same person who happily engages in pissing contents with other execs. I see money plowed into projects with no ROI and then told in the next breath that raises cannot exceed a certain standard percentage.

You know what, guys? You are the only person looking out for your career. Maybe you'll find a boss that takes an active interest but he'll eventually be fired or hired by a better company. In the end, you are responsible for your own career. Employment, like capitalism itself, is nothing more or less than enlightened self-interest.

posted by Henry Jenkins | 6/11/2003 12:56:00 PM

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