Ah, management. The thought just causes your eyes to glaze over, doesn’t it? The golf games, the easy office life, the perks, the expense accounts, the company car, the company credit cards, and the fabulous salary.
From this corporate officer’s standpoint, just remember this: if you aren’t the lead dog, the view never changes.
Management isn’t about easy days in the office and cocktail parties at night. It’s about worrying that a subordinate won’t screw up and cost you your job. It’s about finding out that a guy three levels below your pay grade just caused your property and casualty insurance to increase by 46 percent. It’s about trying to accomplish work through others but finding that you have to satisfy the demands of customers, vendors, YOUR bosses, other departments, governments, and shareholders. It’s finally finding out that the reason something hasn’t gotten done at the store level is because the manager just doesn’t want to do it…and won’t until you go visit that store and threaten to fire him.
Management isn’t easy. So in response to my open letter from employees to bosses, here is an open letter from bosses to employees: