Category Archives: Management

How speaking up can save lives

Bosses in all fields can make mistakes. And while junior staff may always feel uncomfortable pointing them out, in some areas failing to do so could cost lives.

  • “I am concerned.
  • I am uncomfortable.
  • This is unsafe.
  • Or we need to stop.

And I think no matter what position you are in the pecking order, to ignore those four trigger words would be very very difficult.”

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Hot Air Balloon! – thoughts of a Techy on Management

Hot Air Balloon!

A man in a hot air balloon, realizing he was lost, reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended further and shouted to the lady, ‘Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.’

The woman below replied, ‘You’re in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.’

You must be in IT,’ said the balloonist.

Actually I am,’ replied the woman, ‘How did you know?’

Well,’ answered the balloonist, ‘everything you have told me is technically correct but I’ve no idea what to make of your information and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip ‘.

The woman below responded, ‘You must be in Management.’

I am,’ replied the balloonist, ‘but how did you know?’

Well,’ said the woman, ‘you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my bloody fault.