Tuesday, 10 November 2009

It's official - bad management drives staff to leave

The BBC reported today that findings from a Chartered Management Institute survey which revealed almost half of UK workers saying they have left a job because of bad management.

Forty-nine per cent say that under less drastic circumstances, they would rather take a pay cut than work for someone who made bad decisions. The findings come in a survey from the Chartered Institute of Management, as it attempts to launch a campaign to improve standards among bosses. It wants the government to make developing effective managers a national priority.

But the survey also found unhappiness among managers themselves. Sixty-eight per cent said they had fallen into the role by chance and 40% admitted they had not wanted the responsibility of managing people at all ... and Ruth Spellman, CMI's chief executive, said: "The figures reveal the depth of the crisis of confidence in UK management."

She added that such bad management was taking an enormous toll on the UK economy - and on people's well-being. The organisation promotes what it calls the 'art and science' of management and is pressing for action from the government to improve Britain's performance in this area.

It has launched a Manifesto for a Better Managed Britain, and whilst this is indeed honorable cause, the article unfortunately serves to highlight how little they know, and how far they are behind in their understanding in the 'art'/'science' of 21st century leadership & management. My own book successfully decoded the 'science behind 21st century management' practice two years ago ... and it also highlighted the 'art of 21st century leadership' too ...

... I'm afraid the institute hasn't got it's head around the basic definitions yet, and is still lost in the 'soup of generality', outdated practice (nb MBA = "Maybe Best Avoided"!) and misconception ... and as my recent blog pointed out ... most 'leaders' and 'managers' haven't seen half of what's yet to come ... e.g. the complete exposure of their failings, and tsunami of litigation heading their way ...