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Org Charts
Anyone else ever thought that practically every 'organization chart' ever written, was upside down?
I mean, most will have:
CEO, above execs, above managers, above team leaders, above workers.

And that's upside down really - I mean, management doesn't really exist to be 'in charger' as much as to 'support the workforce'.

Do you think that if the organization charts of the world were redrawn like that, then it would stop being a 'ladder' to climb up to get 'promoted' to manager, and rather the other way around - becoming a manager might just be a higher paid 'step down'.
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jorune From: jorune Date: April 16th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
My experience of large organisations is that people who really know what is going on are the people who create the strategy and the people who carry it out and experience all its flaws and triumphs.

Poor managers outnumber the able and talented. Good managers inspire and lead and strive to get the best out of their staff. The Peter Principle is a feature of ordinary life where people's main priorities in life lie outside of their job, it could be their friends, family or one of a 1000 reasons.

I've thought similar ideas to what you have described. It would be a different approach where pay and job are distinct and separate. If a person has a comparative advantage in big picture thinking and strategy, start them off as an executive assistant with a low pay grade. Allow the 50 yr old to continue working in a technical post and recognise their expertise with a high pay grade. The ability to call bullshit on exec plans in a boardroom meeting may be far more valuable to the owners of the company than a 50 yr old who is in a position that doesn't suit him/her and is doing no one a favour by being there.

Unfortunately jobs can institutionalise people and middle managers lose sight of what they were supposed to be doing. Caught between fulfilling the impossible demands of lunatic exec plans and the battle reports of staff who are forced to carry out those plans.
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: April 16th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
A friend of mine once pointed out quite succinctly that you only get promoted to the level of your own incompetance:

If you excel at a role, you can earn a promotion. This can carry on until you no longer excel and thus end up in a more senior role that you are only performing adequately!
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