Out of curiosity: A poll targeting all the Empty Suits, i.e. the MBA’s, sales guys, project leaders, managers, and marketing managers etc, all those who ‘govern’ businesses or operations, but without having a clue about those businesses or the customer’s, out there:
If you’ve been set to lead a business, a team, or an operation, in a domain that you have absolutely no clue about, no knowledge, no experience, how can you look yourself in the mirror…?
For instance, if your are set as the leader of a team of programmers, and you have no idea about what programming is… how will you lead your team…?
I mean, what exactly qualifies you as a leader of this business/operation…? Your exam..? Your good looks…? Your MBA degree..? (that btw is based on fundamentally flawed theories..)?
What happens in your first meeting with the (intended) customer, when the customer describes their problems and all you can contribute with is a stream of buzzwords. canned pitches and powerpoints.. when it becomes painfully obvious that you have no clue about what the customer does, what problems the customer has, and how to solve those problems… ?
Management by KPI’s, canned pitches and spreadsheets might look good on the surface, but really – do you really believe that you are the right person to steer and lead a business where you don’t even know the basics…? Where you can’t provide anything of value over and above a carrot or a whip to your team…? Not to mention the customer….?
I’d be interested in your views, if you fit the description above: what makes you tick (over and above the commissions from the sales targets) ?
Somehow, I’m awfully impressed by people like you – your ability to ‘fake it until you no longer can make it’ is impressive. Myself, I simply don’t have the balls to play the game like you do – in order to have an opinion on anything, I feel I must have some hands-on experience of that ‘anything’….