“But, everyone understands the structure. Everyone knows who they report to. I mean, we have an org chart,” Andre protested.
“And, I said – clear recognition of individual team members, each with individual accountability in clearly defined working relationships. That’s different and rarely exists. Tell me how things work around here,” I asked.
“The managers tell everybody what to do and then correct their mistakes,” Andre looked puzzled at his own response.
“Exactly, in what you just described, which is typical for most organizations, I have no clue who is accountable for the work output. I have no idea of the work of the manager. And, I have no idea how people work together when neither is each other’s manager. In the absence of clarity, people make things up, on their own and that is why you see petty bickering, overt passive-aggressive behavior, borrowed staplers not returned, people eating other people’s lunch (metaphorically). That is why you see bright ideas, ignored or made fun of. Project assignments are hoarded and protected. Promotions are based on favoritism.” I stopped. Andre’s eye were wide open.
“How long have you been watching us?” he asked.
“I think I have been here the better part of ten minutes,” I replied.