Six Degrees of Weirdness
I’ve been maintaining this blog for the better part of a year now. It’s been chock full of my own stories, stories from battered friends in similar (offensive) work situations, and whatever craziness I made up along the way. Additionally, I’ve read countless books and articles on the subject of bad bosses/coworkers in particular and how to survive them (I mean, just wait till you get a load of my book’s bibliography!).
What I have found is that not one person has the “right” answer. There are many individuals out there that claim they know how to “Manage a Manager” and how to cope with “Bat-$#@%-Crazy Managers” and toxic workplaces, but really… just how many people have been successful with this? I question this because of all the things I’ve read and advice I’ve received - and none of it worked.
The reason? Varying degrees of idiocy and toxicity.
For the most part, the advice I’ve read seems reasonable. But when I tried to put it into practice, it only backfired on me and made my situation worse. And really, I didn’t think it could have been made too much worse.
So, the success rates of these “solutions” primarily rest upon those involved. Of course, the defendants taking the advice need to do their part correctly. Then, and here’s the unpredictable part, the others involved need to respond in the way that the solutions say they’re supposed to. If weirdos in the workplace are the new normal, then how is it possible that there can be positive outcomes for the poor schlub beaten down by those over him? Is it any wonder that so many people are quitting and going into business for themselves?
I think the answers given by the “experts” may offer a new perspective on a situation (maybe not), but at the end of the day, there is absolutely no way to tell who has the “right” answer.
Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their weaknesses irrelevant, says the Management Guru Peter Drucker. It creates harmony in working together - equilibrium in thoughts and actions, goals and achievements, plans and performance, products and markets. It resolves situations of scarcity, be they in the physical, technical or human fields, through maximum utilization with the minimum available processes to achieve the goal. Lack of management causes disorder, confusion, wastage, delay, destruction and even depression. Managing men, money and materials in the best possible way, according to circumstances and environment, is the most important and essential factor for a successful management.