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About the subordinate


Like a lot people, I suppose, I’ve spent most of my career working for someone else. 

More often than not I’ve found myself reporting to someone holding the title of ‘manager’, ‘supervisor’, or ‘director’…what most people would refer to as a boss

For most of it I’ve been employed by some for-profit organization operating in the private sector, although I’ve worked in the public sector as well. Much of my time was also spent working in sciences – but I’ve also worked retail sales and other customer-facing positions. I’ve been a manager too. It was only for a very brief period of time though, and I can’t claim to have been very good at it. (I’d guess you’d have to ask my former employees for an honest answer to that question.)

At any rate, it is my ‘bottom-up’ experiences that inform my insights and perspective on jobs, work, and business management.

I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of management’s misguided practices, polices, and protocols, as opposed to the one signing off on them. I’ve seen organizational dysfunction up close, and looked on in frustration as the mediocre parts (and people) of a business dragged it down over time, as opposed its better parts—and genuine stars—lifting it up. I too have been discouraged by what appear to be the easily avoidable organizational failings caused by bad managers and poor management practices. And through it all I’ve wondered why what’s so obvious to those of us at the bottom of the organizational pile is so difficult to see by those perched at the top.

Finally, I cannot claim to have had any formal training in the management sciences, organizational theory, the behavioral sciences, or economics. Nor do I have an MBA – and I’ve never been to business school.

Any insight that I have to offer into jobs, work, and management is therefore result of self-study, on-the-job experience, and…well, just paying attention.



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