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26 July 2002 @ 02:41 pm
work silliness  
so just encountered some idioticity and such at work...

yesterday.. an "All Hands Meeting" of our business unit was called by the general manager (GM). he had his secretary send out an email indicating what time and where. and that was it. no agenda, no statement of why, etc. so being an individual that finds agenda-less meetings really really annoying and oftena waste of time i inquired. on a replay all (which thus includes the entire BU, since i figured everyone else was wondering as well) i stated:

"on behalf of the curious, what is the agenda of the meeting"

24 hours later not a single response (except for 30 or emails from peers giving me the thumbs up)

so i shot an email out today (again to everyone):

As I have yet to see any agenda in regards to this meeting and due to the amount of work that I must do, I must decline the offer to attend. In most circumstances that i have encountered, in regards to meetings, an agenda is publicly stated so as to ensure that the individuals invited are given the ability to make an informed decision as to whether to go or not. I do hope that in the future I will be able to make that decision. Once again, thank you and i apologize in taking up your time.

and man what a hornet's nest did i stir up... lots of email from peers giving me the thumbs up and a reprimand from my boss.. turns out lots of managers were buzzing angrily at him... so i responded out with an apology since my boss insisted on it.

still didnt go to the meeting myself.. but got an update about it... turns out the GM had at the beginning of his presentation "whats the agenda: The boss wants to talk to the trrops" ... humourous and yet military doctrine like... no wonder Nortel isnt doing well (this guy was last at Nortel being the GM there for the same sort of thing we do here)

during the discussion with my boss i mentioned two things he agreed with..

1. people are getting fed up with the idea that there is no vision, no furture, no idea of what we are doing next.

2. you cant order people around in this industry (software) (software people are like cats.. they arent like dogs... herding cats is tough)

with this new GM being essentially a believer of military telco sytle management ("I am GM you must obey. No questions")
i suspect this is truly the beginning of the end....

final notes:
negative thing - i now am dealing with a bad management style
positive thing - i now have a lot of fans at my peer level
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: VAST - Pretty When You Cry
Dominique: boogiepopgraphxgirl on July 26th, 2002 01:34 pm (UTC)
yay you! hee.... i also get myself into more "trouble" than the next guy because i tend to speak my mind about things, and hate laisez-faire, or dictatorial management.

so with work being so crappy....when are you planning on moving out here? *winks*

Francesca: Fra Oh!frainnyc on July 26th, 2002 02:51 pm (UTC)

your responses were awesome. i don't think it at all rude to inquire. good management would recognize it as a lack in communication and try to improve it. unfortunately, the bad ones see it as a criticism from some worthless employee that is trying to embarrass them.
sorry you find yourself in this situation. open dialogue b/w all levels of management creates a positive and productive environment, and at interviews i always stress this environment as the only situation i could accept.
Francescafrainnyc on July 26th, 2002 02:52 pm (UTC)
ps. what are you going to do?
Braxanabraxana on July 26th, 2002 08:10 pm (UTC)
im seeing how things go... apparently after the GM gets back from his vacation (jeesh i hate it when upper management makes some sort of big statement and then heads off to vacation...) supposedly at the end of august he is havign another "All Hands" where there may be talk about which projects/products will be slashed and which 'resources' will be moved where... its really stupid...

in any case, once i know more i will reassess.