Management Bollocks

There is something chilling about conventional business culture. The suits, the glass and metal offices, the constraint, the competitiveness, the loneliness. Even when you walk through staff canteens where there is a buzz of chattering it somehow doesn’t feel real. The constraint is palpable.

You know that feeling when you are talking to someone and although they maintain eye contact, smile, and appear to be talking directly to you there is a feeling that there is no one there. The words come easily and smoothly but they don’t mean anything. There is a deadness to the eyes. There is a lack of connection.

It is all too easy to slip into this world, to fit in, to conform. Standing out feels risky. Saying what you think feels uncalled for. Using plain words that mean something feels childish. We want to fit in, we want to talk like the grownups, we want to be accepted. We start to talk management bollocks. We start to look down on those who don’t, we sneer inwardly at their naivety. We ostracise them for not playing the game.

It’s a dangerous game and one we all lose if we get too good at playing it.

2 thoughts on “Management Bollocks”

  1. I do not think it is enough to observe. I read lots of blogs which make interesting observations but don’t ask ‘why’? I wonder why that is. I respect the humility of the merely observational, but it implies a distance which in reality we do not possess. It passes judgement surreptitiously. I would tend to agree with this observation – but why is it so? People in corporations are as smart – or smarter – than you or I. They are not drones. What is it about organisations that requires conventionality? Would other cultures admire their self-sacrifice? Why do these things go together: ‘grown up – conventionality – bollocks’? It’s a childish thing to ask why. But I ask all the same.

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    1. Not sure calling it management bollocks is distant, surreptitious, nor humble Nick!

      If anything I attempt to be discrete with my posts as they are all prompted by real world situations I have recently experienced and I don’t want to be too specific about the circumstances. Nor do I just observe in this particular instance as I consider most of my work to be all about helping people to get more confident at saying what they think in their work context, and to work out why they find it hard to do so.

      Also our experience of blogs is clearly different as I read lots that attempt to answer the question why!

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