It really gets to me sometimes. It’s ok if the management fundas are ‘out there’ (maybe in Orion), and I am ‘out here’ (in front of this computer), but no, that’s not how it is. These management fundas keep chasing me through my career, and they creep into my everyday life. To all the Management Gurus (ManGus):
1) There is usually a HUGE gap between what is (WI), and what can be (WCB). Usually WCB is easy to yap about, and that’s what you people are so full of. But in most cases, the poor bloke who needs help has no clue about WI, and so is left wondering how he can get from WI to WCB. And you ManGus cannot write about WI, because it’s different for different people. Sure, you can go on and on with your pocketfull of cliches, but you can NEVER step into my shoes and see it the way I see it happening. And when you cannot see it happening the way I see it, you cannot tell me what to do. Yes, you can offer advice, counsel, be there for me and all that, but so can my grandma. For this reason, stop quoting, telling fish stories and making everything look simple, while in reality you are just being a mindless parrot having nothing orginal to say. So you can just shut your trap or go teach in a school. Our classrooms are frighteningly without those guiding lights these days.
2) The dim-wits who reach out for those books on productivity, planning, quick-results and effective PPTs are the market for you ManGus and since we live in a world where mediocrity rules, for every dozen of dim-wits I see around, you have 1 ManGu. The rest of the intellegent folks are either sidelined or left with no choice but to follow ideas in the Selling-Condoms-to-Widows book that the manager bought at Landmark and wants to try out.
3) This world exists the way it is today because of Capitalism, so don’t give me that crap about "You don’t have to be a software consultant to profit from this XYZ book. In fact, you don’t even have to be a consultant or a software professional. This book is filled with sold advice and timeless wisdom for anyone…" Stop repackaging all the good things my mom, dad, grandma, grandma, uncle and aunty told me when I was a kid (stuff I never listened to) and selling it as 10-tips-to-supercharge-my-life-and-career. No, I don’t come from a family that runs on Capitalist ideas, so don’t try to bridge my life and my work. I DON’T have ‘customers’ at home.
4) There are only two constants in the world of business and that is the customer and the vendor. These two would do anything to get the best deal and knock the other over, and that’s the law of the jungle. If you are a ManGu, stop trying to make this jungle look like paradise and don’t expect the trading parties to listen to you if business is good anyway.
5) Eight of out ten times, the guy above you is an egoistical shithead. The guy below should have been plucking mangoes for a living, but instead has landed on this job. You as a ManGu cannot change this, and I cannot change my PoV because I am a realist. I call a spade a spade. I don’t like sugarcoating my reality with quotations, stories about sucessful fish sellers and all that. If your ideas can change the twisted intentions of the people around me, I will also automatically change, so try elsewhere.
6) I bet people like Dhirubhai Ambani, Narayan Murthy, JRD Tata, Azim Premji and the like did not read management books and get where they are. Similary, the goody-goody words in such books will not work in the docks of the Mumbai harbour, with the striking unions at factories and against Marxist ideologies. So stop pretending like your book is the next best thing to sliced bread.
7) People attend your seminars because their managers asked them to do so. And their managers said that because they have no clue how to manage, and hope that what you say makes sense to the trained monkeys and the dissident smart-alecs in their team. The only people who gain from this is you, the guy who rents out the sound system and the electricity board.
Phew! Had to get it off my chest