The Inescapable Conundrums of Managing
The centipede was happy quite Until a toad in fun Said, “Pray, which leg goes after which?” That worked her mind to such a pitch, She lay distracted in a ditch Considering how to run.
Mrs. Edward Craster (1871)
Managing is rife with conundrums. Every way a manager turns, there seems to be some paradox or enigma lurking.
McCall et al. identified “questions about management that emerge time and time again across organizations,” including these:
- Why don’t our managers have a broader perspective? They seem to be firefighters, but not fire preventers?
- Why don’t our managers delegate more?
- Why doesn’t information pass up the hierarchy? (1978:38)
If such questions could be resolved simply, they would ...