This occurs when a leader has a very explicit idea of what should be done but fails to provide the level of specificity needed for the followers to comply with the expectation. What follows below is a dramatization of the syndrome. This example is intentionally absurd, but the pattern fits an infinite number of real scenarios as well. Subordinates, try to figure out what kind of rock the boss wants to no avail,. So, they pick up a large rock near the parking lot and bring it in. Subordinates look for a smoother rock near the parking lot. Finding none, they look in a nearby stream where there are many smooth rocks and bring one to the Boss. How can I show this to clients?
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After all, these are the executives of the company. Give me another date. You tell me. Clearly the COO is looking for a particular answer. But what is the right answer? Welcome to the Bring-me-a-rock schedule game. Bring me another date the rock. It also occurs with other project deliverables: requirements, specs, hiring plans, test plans, you name it.
It describes the behavior of a manager or leader who assigns a task to a subordinate but never seems to be satisfied with the result. David Marquet. In the book, Marquet recalls an example of this behavior along with many other fascinating leadership tips and the effect it had on some members of his crew. Consider the following four points to help you avoid this behavior as a leader or manager:. Achieving the above is part of creating a healthy work environment, which is a primary objective of an Enlightened Project Manager. Less autonomy equals less motivation.