On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 2:42 AM, Keegan Peterzell <keegan.wiki(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 1:21 AM, Pine W
If the research results about qualities of
effective managers have been
generally consistent for 30 years, then I wonder why so many managers in so
many organizations today have mediocre skills in those areas.
I'd hazard a guess that it's because there are more management positions -
many, many more - out there in the world then there are stellar managers.
Agreed. I also suspect it's a question of power dynamics; namely, a
senior manager is much more able to be bad at their job than an
employee first because there are so few good managers that poor
quality is the norm, but second because if you have a manager who is
terrible, particularly in a non-profit environment, the impact tends
to be felt by their employees - i.e. the people with the least power
in the situation to do anything about the problem. An incompetent
employee, on the other hand, hurts their managers, who do have that
I also wonder, in WMF's case, what can be
done to ensure that the next ED
is robustly skilled in those areas.
This is a good question, hopefully this will be documented during the
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