Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Brain Storm - New vs Old Management Style

Hmm. Seems like my previous 3 posts have been quite negative. Time to get rid of it and inject some positivity into my life and blog.

Very very happy that a close friend of mine has just got a job offer from Shell. Congrats my dear =) So glad that we'll be working in the same company, and one day we can go to Tango class together =)

Oh ya. Everyone please check out the new online TV service at www.worldip.tv . I tried out this morning, and its so nice to be able to watch 东方卫视 for free =) and i was quite lucky. At that time, they were airing a talk show called "Brain Storm", and the topic for the session is about the management style of the "after 80s" (meaning those born in 80s, that's us). Debate was participated by 3 parties: the "after 80s" bosses/CEOs, the "before 80s" bosses/CEOs (uncles), and the "after 80s" workers.

Point of views voiced out by these 3 parties:

1. "after 80s" bosses

Boss A:
Never do bad things. (which an "uncle" boss commented as kindergarden teacher teaching kids)
Keep things simple.

Boss B:
Round table evaluation/communication.
Uncle asked whether she adopted this strategy from somewhere.
she said that she's trying to build up/establish continuity from her HQ culture. (文化传承)
Then uncle shoot her: you only stayed in HQ for one month and you're spreading their "culture"? So you'll be able to spread Japanese culture after living there for one month?
Young lady boss got speechless.

Boss C:
Open communication. By this he meant that he allows his staffs to send him anonymous e-mails to complain/criticize him or anything.
One of the worker representative asked him: would this affect your influence/credibility as the boss?
He replied: no. i'm the one paying them salary. that's the basis of influence.
Uncle commented: good. you got the right kinda "boss" attitude.

Boss D:
There are 4 stages of industrial management.
1st stage: passion. refering to starting up a new business, when you have minimal number of workers, everyone needs to be very fired up. (uncle commented that the fire cant burn for long, while another uncle said that the main point is to keep the fire steady and long).
2nd stage: control (管)
3rd stage: manage (理)
4th stage: self-manageable, meaning that the team is mature enough to move by its own. (无管理, 靠团队)

2. "after 80s" workers

These are some of the observations/feedbacks provided by these young workers regarding their experience of working under young bosses.

Their (here means the young bosses) minds are very active. Today got an idea. Tomorrow got another new idea. everyday change. makes it real hard for the staffs to keep up.

They are impulsive (冲动), but it comes along with confidence.

3. "Before 80s" bosses:

These young bosses ought to be more careful with their promises, especially when they're promising to their staffs. They tend to over-promise, and end up unable to deliver.

The things that they said are not solid enough (for example, their answers when an audience asked them about their business's direction for the next 5 years) . They like to say empty statements such as "I want our company to be the biggest ............. in China" in dont know how many more years to come, with no specific direction/planning or measurable targets.

-End of recap-

The show was only an hour. Very compacted one, full of debates and cross-bombing. This is all the points that i can remember (I watched this prog 12 hours ago). I find them quite interesting, and definitely worth my time to write them down. Hope you guys find it interesting too.

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