Great case of CargoCult biz from Derek Lowe who is guest blogging for Ms. McCardle at the Atlantic. (BTW, does anyone else see a pattern in the progression of her "projects"… Maybe it’s just me but… congrats to her if I’m right.)
Things always changed.
I remember trying to get this across to representatives of the managerial group pushing this new system. We kept hearing about how better goal alignment, "coaching for success", and a good dose of positive attitude would make this whole thing a success, and I couldn’t take it any more. "Look", I said, "I can’t ‘just put down what I’m going to be working on for the year’, because I don’t know. I can’t ‘just focus on the projects that are most likely to succeed’, because I don’t know what those are. I don’t care what it says on the org chart. I’m in research, and my real bosses are a bunch of cells in a dish and a bunch of rats in cages. They determine what I’m going to work on next. And they can’t be coached for success, and they don’t care how much team spirit I have, because they don’t listen to me."
This didn’t go over well. My audience from HR seemed to think that I was either lying, trying to be funny, misinformed, or (most likely) just not enough of a team player.
Wonderful stuff, as they say, " Read the Whole Thing "-- Ringo
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