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” The only thing worse than bad news is knowing that it is coming and not telling your boss”

17 Feb

“The only thing worse than bad news is LATE bad news “, said a CEO friend.

My version – ” The only thing worse than bad news is knowing that it is coming and not telling your boss”

Management is there for the purpose to ensure results are delivered. If results are not being delivered, the problem is management. Simple and straight forward.

So the notion of late bad news does not exist. Managers are PAID to deliver results NOT bad news.

And to move to an accountable organization, results must be made open and transparent for all to see. No secrets.

By making it open and transparent, it eliminates blame and finger pointing. After all the buck stops with the CEO and his team. If you miss your monthly / quarterly / annual target, it just means they have not done their job.

If we accept this as a fundamental premise of how to run a business – all the tai-chi masters will “mati kangkang”

Take you P&L every month down to the floor and explain it to every employee (by work group) so they understand how their effort turns in to results. Lefts face it, the boys can only put in effort, it s the managers that converts that effort into $$$$.

Good luck on your journey!

 
1 Comment

Posted by on February 17, 2007 in Leadership, Transformation

 

One response to “” The only thing worse than bad news is knowing that it is coming and not telling your boss”

  1. Alsaid

    February 21, 2007 at 3:56 am

    In this age, the transparency or the naked organization is inevitable since everybody now demands more. Being transparent will automatically bring accountability. The blaming culture will slowly fade away.
    To run a business, it is important for the Management to be transparent about the results and manage the performance.
    I truly agree with your statement that the boys can only put in effort, it is the manager that converts that effort into $$$$.

    It doesn’t matter how high you lift your leg. The technique is about transparency, simplicity, making an earnest attempt.
    Mikhail Baryshnikov

     

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