A better way to think of a manager is as a servant, like an editor or a personal assistant. Everyone wants to be effective; a manager’s job is to do everything they can to make that happen. The ideal manager is someone everyone would want to have.
Instead of the standard “org chart” with a CEO at the top and employees growing down like roots, turn the whole thing upside down. Employees are at the top — they’re the ones who actually get stuff done — and managers are underneath them, helping them to be more effective. (The CEO, who really does nothing, is of course at the bottom.)
Friday, February 20, 2009
Top to bottom
This post on "non-hierarchical management" caught my eye because of the company I work for, a large and familiar one you've all heard of. I had never worked for a company like this before about 14 months ago and didn't know what to expect; I thought it would be something like the movie Office Space but instead it's a real team effort, a place that cares about its employees and where the managers exist to serve those "below" them. (aaronsw/kottke)