I´m beginning to believe that management fads (including, by the way, those related to employee development) are really in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps it´s not the fad itself but how eager we are to implement its promise. Sometimes fads might have an element of usefulness. Or maybe not. The important point is to not necessarily ignore every fad that comes along but determine through a careful analysis if there´s any part of a management craze that could be applied to something that may be more lasting. Still, I think it´s good for us to examine people´s points of view. So here are a few more-some more, hmm, vitriolic, than others, but definitely worth thinking about and that´s probably it for a while on fads. By the way, I neither agree nor disagree with the points of view presented here. They are merely offered as a springboard for thought. Have a great holiday weekend.
Fads are the anti-management. They have everything to do with “fashion” and nothing to do with management. They are the sure sign of a would-be leader with no personal conviction, no philosophy of her own. Managing a business requires a well-conceived strategy and the determination to execute on it over time. Dabblers don’t understand that. And they fail to see that their addiction to cherry picking from a smorgasbord of management fads leaves their employees’ heads spinning. What are we as a company? How do we judge our personal and collective performance? Against one yardstick today and another tomorrow?
If Sam Walton were alive he would tell you what he thought of fads and the fadmeisters would hate to hear it.
-Mark Stevens, CEO of MSCO (a full-service marketing firm) and author of “Your Management Sucks”
Management fads are constructs, not solutions. Many individuals and even industries turn to the “latest and greatest” management system when they are clueless on how to solve the problem.
Management Solutions empower the entire team by bolstering what works and repairing what doesn’t through education and system evolution.
Management Fads confuse the entire team through constant changes in direction, approach, method, system and goals.
The worst part of management fads is that they do not gain popularity in all industries simultaneously. As a result, the “hot new thing” taught by the management gurus this year is old news next year in one industry. That same fad is recycled as new news by the same gurus in another industry. While this is fortunate for the “gurus” it is unfortunate for those industries that are ahead or behind those they must do business with.
-Maurice A. Ramirez, DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), CNS, CMRO is a co-founder of the National Disaster Life Support of Florida, Inc., a Florida corporation dedicated to disaster preparedness, recognition, response and recovery education for businesses and communities nationally.