Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lets build a fort...

What is the similarity between middle management and the kings of the Indian princely era?

Once the ancient king found a hill which was difficult to access, he built a fort on that hill. Slowly, he would fortify the hill with stones, walls, moats, crocodiles and other devices. Then they would man the hill with their faithful who will not let any intruder in. Visitors are allowed only after a thorough fisking. Access is difficult, since you have to cross the gatekeepers. You may have to know secret codes to get in. All of their energy is spent in retaining the hill. Any sign of a chink in their fortifications and they respond by fortifying their fortress even further.

And then, one day, somebody uses a lizard or a milkmaid or a technological advancement and reduces the fort to dust...The king and his faithfuls, if they escape seek another hill...

Now, replace hill with a "middle management position" and think of the fort as a "policy and procedure"

3 comments:

Prasanth said...

Curious to know what triggered this post !!

neelakantan said...

Heh! This is a tendency I have noticed for a long time. I just happened to post it now.

Also, coming up is a longer post on "how people view their jobs". This is a spinoff from that posts thought process!

Savitha Rao said...

Yes , this is the story of many companies in India .