We don’t need managers.


Imagine an office A with cubicles, strict working hours, dress code, no booze in the fridge, no music playing, no team building activity and no say in the decision making.

Now imagine a workplace B with no cubicles, relaxed working hours, no dress code, a fridge full of all kinds of drinks, weekly activities and absolute control over what you do. But there is one catch. Office B has a manager who “micro-manages” things!

Which office will you choose? It appears that most of us will choose workplace B. It sounds so exciting before you join it (like a cool startup). Who will not want to have a Kingfisher anytime in their office, during their working hours for free?

But it turns out, that workplace B is the toughest place to get the work done. One single manager in workplace B can take the enthusiasm out of atleast 100 people. Here are a few ways he/she can do so:

  1. Organising a lot of unnecessary meetings.
  2. Interrupting you while you are trying to get the work done by asking too many useless questions, that you will eventually figure out based on the work that you are going to do.
  3. Forcing you to collaborate.
  4. Encouraging a sense of competitiveness inside you, by setting up strict timelines and comparing you with other colleagues.
  5. By supporting you on things that were not meant for you or on random things.

Read the words marked in *bold * again: They are great words: Organising, Asking, Collaborate, Competitiveness, Supporting.

But all these things should come from the team within and not from an external source like a manager.

We don’t need a manager. We don’t have one!


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