August 3, 2002
I don’t remember who exactly I was talking to, or whether I was hearing someone else say it, but the gist of what was being said was that managers are not ultimately responsible for the final product - that has to come out of the people.
I think you might be able to look at management the way Michelangelo looked at a block of stone. He understood that his mission was to free the figure trapped inside.
Maybe some managers lot at themselves as wanting only to unleash / discover the best within the people they mare managing - and this kind of management philosophy seems averse to lots of bureaucrazy regulation - it is about freedom to be the best and voluntary help to find that best.
It would be great (maybe) if workers wanted to be managed. Because then workers could be enlisting managers (or hiring them) as partners on their own quests for personal growth, etc.