After 42 years of working for Fortune 500 companies, you will find that I harp on this a lot…
A bad manager is the death of all organizations. They take the cream of the crop and make them run away, thus leaving the unmotivated, uncaring with no conscious about their paychecks or your bottom line.
An advanced Ivy League degree does NOT a manager make. All the book learning, statistics and feel good classes in the world does not give anyone the common sense, the intestinal fortitude nor the savvy, street smarts Nor the HEART to get the job done!
I watched for years the pattern of stupidity that has brought this country to a grinding halt in ethics, prosperity, and creativity. I watched as the moron my recruiter hired from a top tier school floundered and played in his/her nepotistic position, while the kid I took from the mail room, got them to complete their degree and promoted for good results, exceed expectations on a daily basis. They would outshine the privileged corporate brat every time.
Until we recognize this, celebrate this, honor this again in this country we will continue to fail and loose ground in the world markets and industry. A CEO of a National Auto Manufacturer in Detroit, once told me, over dinner, (when I was nineteen years old)…”You can send a fool to college and s/he is still a fool!” I never forgot that. I built all of my teams with that thought in mind. Every team won awards for industry excellence every year. One team saved the company over 40 million dollars in just 6 months by just being treated as professionals and being given autonomy to get the job done. I still salute them as the special forces of industry. Gone are the days!
Namaste, The Queen Cronista