A Practical Approach for IT Governance

Lousy Bosses- a la Suzy and Jack Welch

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Suzy and Jack Welch wrote an article in linkedin on the five types of lousy bosses: (1) Know it alls; (2) Too remote (closed door bosses); (3) Too bossy (jerks); (4) Too soft; and (5) The Non-Differentiators (everybody is good).  Sorry to take on the giant in management, but the authors just blew it.  Not that they missed many more types such as (6) Very self-centered and (7) Lack of integrity.  The two reasons I think they missed the mark is one, that people cannot be classified into a group.  They generally have multiple traits.  Second, Suzy and Jack do not specify methods to tackle these types of bosses.  People who are jerks (3), very self-centered (6) and have no integrity (7) pose a serious challenge, whereas the know it alls (2), too remote (2), the too soft managers (4) and the non-differentiators can be coached and trained into becoming good bosses.

My review goes to show the power of the web.  In the olden pre-web era, I would not have come across this article, much the less have the chance to critique a giant like Mr. Welch.  However, having started it, one more suggestion Mr. Welch – learn from the ancient Indian culture.  Always use the lady’s name first as I have done when I reference the write up.


Written by Subbu Murthy

December 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

Posted in IT Governance

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  1. Very relevant suggestions

    Paritosh Jani

    December 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm

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