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ACCOUNTABILITY VERSUS AUTHORITY

10:30 PM
It is generally believed that as one gets higher in the corporate hierarchy, there is an increase in the individuals authority over others as also his accountability to the Senior Management.

However it is now time to debunk this myth.

Yes - Accountability increases as one gets higher, but not so the authority.

Lets look at this with a simple real life scenario in a manufacturing organization.


AT A FLOOR SUPERVISOR LEVEL

I am the one in position to know all of the changing circumstances reported by the individual team members.
I am the only one with the authority to select and deselect team members.
I am the only one with the authority to make or change task assignments.
Most importantly, I am the one accountable for those decisions.

AT THE FACTORY MANAGER LEVEL

I am the one in position to know all of the changing circumstances reported by the individual Floor Supervisors, mostly after they have resolved issues or if they’re escalated
I am the only one with the authority to select and deselect Floor Supervisors
Most importantly, I am the one accountable for all their decisions.

AT THE BUSINESS HEAD LEVEL

I am the one in position to know all of the changing circumstances reported by the Factory Head. Most issues are on an FYI basis.
I am the only one with the authority to select and deselect the Factory Manager.
Most importantly, I am the one accountable for all his/her decisions


As one goes higher, the pressure to get things done definitely increases. However, the power to get things done reduces as more and more control tends to get delegated. It is one thing to be in the know of issues at the ground level and a totally different thing to be hands-on and solving them by oneself.
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The Big Question!

2:37 AM

I wish i had the answer.. not a set of Percentage points on this one
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The learning curve

12:59 AM

When will people learn to negotiate the learning curve and start delivering results? I find myself with the unenviable task of managing 3 distinct categories of personnel.



  • Know it all - share nothing


  • Know nothing - project it all


  • Know nothing - share nothing


Each of these 3 categories of personnel are dangerous to different degrees at different levels of the organization.


So what does this have to do with a learning curve? Well, my job is to bring them to a common understanding point. This involves negotiating a learning curve, the gradient of which, will vary from individual to individual.


I factor that into my calculations as well. When results are slower I re-evaluate my working and make adjustments. But some folks - especially those at senior positions refuse to see the light. They believe in running things like a corner store where one man friday solves/works on everything. I refuse to be that man friday UNLESS, the accompanying respect is given. I have tried to put this into their head for quite some time now. However, they have a really really tough nut - nothing seems to permeate.


I'm not a quitter - so I will try to push the medicine in another way. My GOAL - this illness must be cured..

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Office Conversation

12:26 AM
This is not about losing... or the fear of losing!
It’s about both sides winning!

I was listening to a wise man today He gave me some tips of having a meaningful conversation in office. He taught me how to convert a private conversation into something that would be a win-win situation for all concerned.
  • Understand the importance of the individual in the context of the organization / dept.
  • Understand what he/ she wants to achieve / aspires for on a personal level.
  • Be clear on what the organization requires and where those needs/ aspirations map!
  • Be absolutely clear of what you have to say.
He also talked of applying these on ones personal life and that they would get results.
I tried.... and the results were instantaneous
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A fresh start

5:25 AM
Each year brings with it a new set of issues.
We work to optimize/streamline them through the year.
By the time we reach December is reached a whole new set of issues is ready and waiting.

This is part of the reactive process of business management... obviously things can't be going on like this for a long time!
I bet all the management Gurus would concur.

Yes yes - they keep saying how it is necessary to be proactive and innovative - but I say it's a whole lot of baloney & crap...!!

We need to stop this whole proactive - reactive business and do things differently!
yeah - the word is different!!!
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