Sometimes I get a really strong sensation that there’s a wrinkle in the space-time continuum, or some kind of wormhole in the blogosphere that leaks surreal situations from an entirely different (but definitely nonhuman) existence paralleling ours – like this, from Harvard Business Review blogger Marshall Goldsmith on what middle managers need to do to increase employee commitment:
”• Prepare their elevator speech, which includes the two or three key points they wish to make with their co-workers.
• Communicate this message initially to people who are known to agree with this position. Managers have to strategize to increase their influence through sheer numbers and by creating allies of people with greater influence and power.
• Finally, you need to collaborate with allies. Effective collaboration doesn’t always happen organically between like-minded people. You’d be wise to follows some specific steps:
1) Prepare a case documenting the major financial gains that will be achieved when employees are enthusiastic and involved.
2) Get a sufficient number of executives on board to begin taking action. You don’t need full-scale buy-in to get started, just enough allies to create real movement.
3) Identify some initial easily achieved targets where success will energize the change process and help you gain more allies.”
Now here’s a thing. The advice looks sincere. It’s not April Fool’s Day. It’s from Harvard for goodness’ sake. But it feels utterly and completely WRONG – like skin-crawlingly wrong. What alien race does it apply to? Luis Bunuel is dead, right?
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