Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Management is the art of losing control.

Leading a team is more an art than science and when it comes to team and success through team, the mantra is losing control and help evolve leaders all around you. An army general leads a team of colonels and they lead pack of Majors, Captains and Ensigns.

While we try to develop leaders under us, we forget that leaders cannot be developed by keeping tight control. They are developed when given a free hand to learn the ropes of the trades their own way.

Indian  cricket team is suffering it's worst at Australian pitches. Oldies not able to perform, youngsters, still learning by failures! Media got spice to call for debates, talk shows. Ex-cricketers starting pronouncing verdicts on senior players, Chief Selectors and the BCCI. These players in their days never uttered a single word against the team management, forget about the Chief Selector and the BCCI. How do they expect the players of today to ask big questions that can help save Test Cricket in India?
When you are winning , you need a manager and when you ar losing, you need a leader. MSD has this opportunity to make this turnaround. We hope, he would do this.

Our last test player that we built is Virendra Shehwag some 6 years back. We have not seen any other charismatic batsman or a bowler in last 5 year in India.
We built team of pinch hitters and some quick fielders, won the T20 world cup and World cup ODI.
This simply means that we know how to build a right team for a format of the game.
I am pretty sure, we can even build a world class test team if we want to. Test team maybe completely different from the current squad that won us T20 and ODIs.

"The Peter Principle," about to be reissued in a 40th anniversary edition, was a best seller when it was first published. A satiric treatise on workplace incompetence, it touched a nerve with readers because it was so funny. And so true. Much like the film "Office Space," NBC's "The Office," and Scott Adams' "Dilbert" comic strips, this book by Laurence J. Peter (a former teacher) and Raymond Hull (a playwright) captured the twisted logic of workplaces — tapping into how ridiculous they feel to insiders. It gleefully emitted a cloud of jargon monoxide and absurd advice as it reached its famous main conclusion: "In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence."


“Promotion” in our industrial society, generally means “You’re really good and experienced at your job? Now stop doing it and start managing a bunch of people”.


“Everybody codes here, except for the accountant and the CEO. The latter used to code, but he was so bad at it, we made him in charge of everything else”.


Hope BCCI gets some lessons out of Peter's Principle.



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