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BSS: Manage Your Boss by Patrick Forsyth

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A Good Idea!

Managers are not paid to have all the good ideas that keep their department (company or whatever) running successfully. It is possible that, if they were, not many would succeed. Rather they are paid to make sure there are enough good ideas to do just that. Where do all these ideas come from? A sensible manager will regard the best source of ideas as their people who – separately or together (two heads are better than one) – can contribute what is necessary.

Good bosses get this to work better than bad bosses, because it works best when there is a good relationship, people are well motivated, and want to contribute. The fact that staff are often much closer to some of the areas of work in need of ideas can help too.

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