Management 1.0 Is Still All Around Us

Some people told me that the advice I give in my courses is simply common sense management. I agree. Unfortunately, common sense managers are hard to find. And management 1.0 articles and advice are still everywhere.

Some examples I found this weekend…

Get Employees to Compete Against Each Other (Harvard Business Review)

Rank employees according to personal achievements and statistics, and let them compete against each other. Ignore those who say collaboration can lead to better results than competition. We’re not a bunch of tree-hugging learners, we’re ruthless job killers! Who needs teamwork when our aim is to fire the worst performers?

What Your Employees Do When You’re On Vacation (Inc.)

Employees have a tendency to slack off when the boss is on vacation. Therefore, the boss should return to the office at unexpected moments, to check who is really working and who is playing Angry Birds. Of course, nobody needs to check on us, the bosses. We never slack off. After all, we keep all the fun and motivating work for ourselves.

3 Tips for Legally and Ethically Monitoring Employees Online (Entrepreneur)

It would be so nice if we could run a business without employees. Unfortunately, we can’t. And thus, we should check continuously whether people are using the office tools for work, and not for Photoshopping baby pictures. The crucial and ethical part is to let them know that we’re monitoring everyone. It sends a clear signal of transparency and trust.


These articles make me sad…

But they also make me happy! Because clearly, there’s great need in the world for Management 3.0. The big question is, how do I get the ones who really need it to read the book or attend the course?

Maybe I should introduce some games and exercises to help them competing, checking, and monitoring. On each other.

(Please do me a favor, and add your reply to the articles mentioned above, here, here and here.)

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  • Steven Dick

    That’s a depressing set of articles you found. The people who are open to the Management 3.0 approach are not those that most need it.

  • Joost Mulders

    “The big question is, how do I get the ones who really need it to read the book or attend the course?”
    To be honest, I think that the managers that need your course or book the most won’t be the innovators in their organizations that are the first to bring Management 3.0 practices to their organization.
    I think these people can only be convinced by a viral spreading of it. For example if a teamlead or business unit manager in their organization starts doing it and achieves success with it they will have to open their eyes for it.
    In your booklet “How to change the world” Their is a description of the adoption curve ranging from Initiators, innovators and early majority to late majority and laggards.
    The people that still fully embrace Management 1.0 can be considered the laggards. Eventually they will be convinced as well but it is going to take more time. In my opinion the Management 3.0 principles are now being adopted by the early adopters and maybe the start of the early majority, the rest will follow.

  • _pedro_torres

    like metallica sings… sad but true!

  • Ryan Pereira

    I can only hope that the management 1.0 types will become extinct eventually. I have been trying to figure out a way to influence people like this, but now believe that it is next to an impossible task. It is in their nature to dominate and be selfish, only until their world is directly affected nothing is going to change, and by then it will be too late for them anyway.
    To change the the world, type 3.0 managers need get together and create this new world, prove that it is possible and attract the right people to work with them, then by natural selection make the types 1.0’s extinct.
    The world does not change by changing others, the world changes when a few individuals prove that something is feasible and then people start following them.
    Type 3.0 people need to get to the tipping point by starting their own organisations, compete directly with the type 1.0’s and then the world will change.

  • Paul Boos

    HBR – June 1, 2012
    Inc. – Jun 1, 2012
    Entrepreneur – May 31, 2012
    Where have these writers been?

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