10 Penalties That I Would Call if I Were a Management Referee

referee-flagExcellent general management/leadership sports analogy by Dan McCarthy on the Great Leadership Blog where you can find a wealth of excellent leadership advice — I urge you to consider as a resource if you aren’t already.

What if we created a new job called a “Management Referee”? Just like those NFL-like referees that roam the airports in the Southwest Airlines commercials throwing penalty flags for bag fees and poor customer service, these referees would patrol the workplace looking for flagrant management malpractice violations.

Top 3 infractions:

1. Employee pass interference:
Otherwise known as micromanagement, this penalty is for getting in the way of an employee or team of employees that know how to do the job better than the manager.
2. Illegal use of meetings:
A meeting with no agenda, no apparent purpose, no process facilitation, little or no collaboration, and no meaningful decisions or action items.
3. Unnecessary roughness:
Unfair, undeserved, overly harsh, unprofessional and disrespectful criticism.  Often referred to as bullying.


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