Employees Are Our Most Valued Asset Dilbert We had to add one for the cynics Great leaders figure out what their team, department or organization needs in order to rise to the next level of success. There are some positive aspects of implementing a new management strategy in your team. First, you are introducing something different and giving people the opportunity to learn. Most employees feel positive about both themselves and the organization when they have the chance to grow.
Process Re-engineering just to name a few. But the question is, are these management approaches useful for more than sounding good at the annual manager's meeting or conference? Or impressing the boss at lunch? One thing is sure, a good many of us are influenced by the buzzwords and trends, so it is worth looking at the phenomenon of management fads.
Many people look at the word fad in a negative light, as if it describes something of little value, something that will have it's fifteen minutes in the spotlight and pass away with little notice when people realize that the approach never fulfills its promise.
Like the Management fads Rock, or the Hula Hoop. Once people get bored with the novelty, and realize there is lack of substance, the product disappears. Management fads are a bit different. Generally, new buzzwords and ideas about management do have substance. Most management techniques that become popular have the potential for improving organizations.
After all, most people aren't stupid. But management fads generally are associated with top-notch marketing that helps create interest in the ideas. It seems that the more popular the proponent, the more well-known the management technique becomes. So, we might note that marketing is a crucial aspect of creating management fads.
Without these high profile proponents we would have remarkably few management buzzwords, and a much more boring management world. Positive Effects of Management Fads Perhaps one of the more positive effects of management fads is that they provoke thought and discussion.
At least in some quarters. Those who do not take the time to learn, but adopt a management approach on only a superficial understanding of the techniques, become worse managers.
Second, management fads help produce change in the workplace, by encouraging organizations to question their existing approaches, and re-align them to fit the changing world. Third, management fads create excitement.
Finally, if management techniques did not become popularized, most of us would never hear of them, since they would end up described only in journals on management with limited readership.
All of these are good things. Negative Effects of Management Fads The nature of popularized management approaches or fads is that they attract two kinds of people. These are the people that can actually apply the approach and prosper.
But the second type of person is attracted to the management approach because it is popular, or, on the surface, it makes sense. And, almost all fads have superficial appeal. Cynicism Typically what happens is that the person who embraces a popular management approach without adequate understanding creates a good deal of heat, but very little light.
If the person has sufficient power in an organization, he or she can create great amounts of activity with respect to the "new initiative". For example, countless teams may be created, new statistics generated, and employees can be seen carrying around charts and huddled together in empowered work teams.
And the initiator of the new order can sit back and watch all this and pronounce that based on the activity levels the initiative is succeeding. Until of course, cold reality sets in and people realize that productivity drops, morale drops, and other problems emerge.
So, the primary problem with management fads is that people latch on to them, surge forward without adequate understanding, waste huge amounts of effort, and create no new value for that effort. And of course, this often results in throwing the baby out with the bath water.
After some period of flurried activity, the organization gives up, and throws out the initiative all together. In particularly bad cases, a new fad will be embraced, and the cycle will begin anew. We must note, however, that this may not be associated with the ideas of the management approach being faulty, but is a result of poor implementation, lack of real commitment, resources and patience.So many management fads - TQM, Chaos theory, excellence, and so many gurus.
This free article contains information you need to know before you go head over heels over the newest management trend or fad. TQM. MBO. Japanese management. Like fashion trends, management fads erupt on the scene, enjoy a period of prominence, and then are supplanted. What makes business fads so attractive?
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Every couple of years or so, somebody in the executive suite decides that what's needed to make the organization really productive is a new approach to.
TQM. MBO. Japanese management. Like fashion trends, management fads erupt on the scene, enjoy a period of prominence, and then are supplanted.
Harder, by far, than picking the best management ideas of all time is picking the worst. I can think of no other area of expertise to which the word “fad” attaches itself so naturally. In some companies it's like clockwork. Every couple of years or so, somebody in the executive suite decides that what's needed to make the organization really productive is a new approach to.