You can learn from the best but there’s a lot to be learned from the worst as well. Here are a few suggestions to make sure your company will never succeed.
- Keep staffing levels critically low.
- Maintain an atmosphere of crisis.
- Prioritize all tasks and projects equally.
- Define “opportunities” in terms of additional work.
- Criticism must be public to be effective.
- Insist upon skill-sharing and cross-training without allocating time or reducing workloads.
- Lavish praise on minor accomplishments.
- Create a “culture of meetings.”
- Silently live by the motto, “No policy is the best policy.”
- Reward successful and overachieving employees with increased workloads; reduce the milieu of other staff accordingly.
- Keep the rumor trade busy by not stating objectives.
- Build dysfunctional teams by forcing motivated, knowledgeable employees to work closely with underachievers and the inept.
From: Ross Lonstein, “Management Techniques of the Bottom 95% of U.S. Corporations.”