I love Dilbert because Scott Adams uses this cartoon to teach us all about corporate life. As I travel through the airports flying from client to client (sometimes without going home) I look in the book stores and read the titles such as “how to win clients”, “how to make the sale”, “winning when you’re not”, “how to make people like who who really don’t”…. these are joke titles but the real ones are not far off. There’s enough management and business books available to fill a library on that topic alone and yet companies are still committing the same cardinal sins.

Today’s cartoon shows us how wrong the pointy-hair boss can be, not in asking to be “brought up to speed” but for thinking it will matter. The boss should not be in the meeting to make small decisions based on minutia of the project but to make big decisions such as “Will we fund this project?” and “What are the external factors such as market competition?”

These more abstract questions do not require a fine detail knowledge of the project. This is very timely with Warren Buffet’s decision to give away $37 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is one of the most hands off managers there ever was, delegating almost to the point of abdication.

Good managers know when to pull int he reigns and when to let their employees make the big decisions they need to.  Personally, anyone I have to micro-manage is not worth my time or my company’s time and would be let go.  Great companies need people in top positions that create greatness on their own.  This is not exclusionary to upper management and can be done at every level.  Sometimes all it takes is letting go.

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