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08 February 2008

Boyle's Law

Boyle's Law -- Talent in staff work or sales will recurrently and incorrectly be interpreted as managerial ability.

Sound familiar? I used to work for a company that was humming along, doing what we do, for a boss we enjoyed immensely. Of course that in and of itself had to a be problem, right? Right.

So the new upper swingin' you-know-what's decided to send our man out to pasture and bring in their own "yes man". Of course the Yes Man immediately tried to captialize on our previous accomplishments and in fact was able to report some outstanding reports of achievement since he took over the management of our division. The problem was that the work product was a function of his predecessor, and us underlings. And oh yeah, he was and probably still is the most incomplete, dysfunctional, derelict ever to be called a manager. So when he was publically honored for 'his' accomplishments, the world really knew that he was just a tool.

This law (not to be confused with the law by the same name that refers to the much less entertaining topic of thermodymanics) I'm sure can be seen in more places than just my resume.

Where have you seen Boyle's Law?

6 comments:

Kat Wilder said...

Gee, I sure hope it doesn't relate to parenting, because I (the manager) give him (the staff?) all the talent. If he's claiming it as his own ...

Tismee2 said...

My 'boss' works by Boyles Law. She 'looks' like the boss, sits in an office with 'the boss' on the door and leaves early like a 'boss' can, but no-one can actually identify the work she 'does'do - unlike the work she 'does not' do which is obvious to any Tom, Dick and Minion who works for her, yet invisible to those singing her praises.

Deb in OPKS said...

Why is that always the case? My sister years ago kept getting passed up for promotions because by sister simply did the work and someone else sat around telling people how much work she did (that person, not my sister) My sister is quite happy in her current position as mom so I guess in the end, she was the winner.

Michael M. said...

Good point Kat....like my dad always told me: "better the breed"...

Michael M. said...

Gail: sounds like a winner. The best hope in some of those cases is if they are ever given enough rope...they will eventually hang themselves.

Michael M. said...

Deb: any organization that puts a prize on form over substance doesn't deserve either. Glad your sister is in a 'happy place' now. :)