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1 Hard Working Idiots Muhammad Jehanzeb Ahsan Fa-2010/MM/204

2 Erich von Manstein Field Marshal in the WWII Considered as one of the best war strategists of his time categorized his officers into four types

3 The Four Categories The Lazy and Stupid His advice was to leave them alone because they don’t do any harm. His advice was to leave them alone because they don’t do any harm. Hardworking and Clever He said that they make great officers because they ensure everything runs smoothly He said that they make great officers because they ensure everything runs smoothly

4 The Four Categories Lazy and Clever These, he says, should be your generals. These, he says, should be your generals. Lazy people are always looking for easier, simpler, and less arduous ways to do things. If they are also clever, the chances are that they will find them, and make them available to everyone else. Lazy people are always looking for easier, simpler, and less arduous ways to do things. If they are also clever, the chances are that they will find them, and make them available to everyone else. Lazy people are also natural delegators, and find it very attractive to let their subordinates get on with their work without interference from above. Lazy people are also natural delegators, and find it very attractive to let their subordinates get on with their work without interference from above.

5 The Four Categories Hardworking Idiots get rid of these get rid of these He says such people force those around them into pointless activities He says such people force those around them into pointless activities They were extremely hardworking—and demanded the same from their subordinates—but what they set others to work on (and what they spent their own time in doing) was mostly worthless They were extremely hardworking—and demanded the same from their subordinates—but what they set others to work on (and what they spent their own time in doing) was mostly worthless

6 Creating hard working idiots Today’s fast-paced, macho style of organizational culture creates, and then fosters, the hardworking idiot Today’s fast-paced, macho style of organizational culture creates, and then fosters, the hardworking idiot If you don’t look busy all the time, you’re virtually asking for a pink slip If you don’t look busy all the time, you’re virtually asking for a pink slip If all that matters is “meeting the numbers” and getting things done (whatever those things are), managers will be forced into working hard at projects that they know make no sense. If all that matters is “meeting the numbers” and getting things done (whatever those things are), managers will be forced into working hard at projects that they know make no sense.

7 Creating hard working idiots Reasons Reasons The dumbing down of organizations isn’t caused by poor educational standards or faulty recruitment. The dumbing down of organizations isn’t caused by poor educational standards or faulty recruitment. It’s due mostly to the crazy pace that is set, and the obsessive focus on the most obvious, rigidly short-term objectives. It’s due mostly to the crazy pace that is set, and the obsessive focus on the most obvious, rigidly short-term objectives.

8 Creating hard working idiots unnecessary meetings unnecessary meetings The obsessive emphasis on staying in touch, regardless of need The obsessive emphasis on staying in touch, regardless of need The torrents of s The torrents of s The constant collecting of data for no clear reason The constant collecting of data for no clear reason Management by numbers Management by numbers motivation by numerically-based performance measures motivation by numerically-based performance measures

9 Creating hard working idiots Organization vs Machine You do not need ethical insight or human understanding to operate a machine, and machines are how many of today’s leaders see their organization

10 We can only hope some organizations at least see the error of their ways before the hardworking idiot becomes the commonest creature in the hierarchy. We can only hope some organizations at least see the error of their ways before the hardworking idiot becomes the commonest creature in the hierarchy. It’s no fun to be forced to deny your own intelligence on a daily basis. We can still reverse the trend, but only by dropping the current out-dated dogmas, dangerous half truths, and total nonsense that disfigure management thinking. Let’s do it before it is too late.

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