#Turfwars #Incompetency #Bureaucracy

I work for a semi government job which is pretty Bureaucratic in nature! I am middle management! the worse ever job! The middle managers and first-line supervisors rather differently. These are people “imprisoned in hierarchical bureaucracies”. They are in a squeeze between the real requirements of the work and the inappropriate organizational arrangements to achieve those requirements.

Its painfully slow, incompetent and highly political struggle.  as a freedom-oriented individual, i have certain attitudes and ways of looking at the world that affect how i interact with other individuals in the organization that i work in. #problem there….

THREE MODELS OF BUREAUCRACY
Model Important Trait Problematic Behavior
Weberian Model Hierarchy Lethargy
Acquisitive Model Expansionism Competition
Monopolistic Model Lack of competition Inefficiency

The term bureaucracy literally means “rule by desks or offices,” a definition that highlights the often impersonal character of bureaucracies.

The classic model of bureaucracy, which would deliberately regulate every activity, involves the five elements common to all bureaucracies:

  • Division of labor and specialization. All people have specific statuses and specific tasks.
  • Hierarchy of authority. In this command chain, lower offices are under the command of higher offices.
  • Written rules and regulations.
  • Employment based on technical qualifications. Employees are hired by virtue of specific characteristics, they are evaluated on particular performance standards, and merit promotions are written out in personnel policy.
  • Impersonality. People interact on formal, not personal criteria. Weber said modern management is based upon a system of written documents (“the files”). Therefore, in bureaucracy, people are expendable but the files are not.

The acquisitive model can be distinguished by the following characteristics:

  • Expansion: Leaders of bureaucracies always seek to expand the size and budget of their agency.
  • Turf wars: Bureaucrats defend their responsibilities, resources, and jurisdiction from potential competitors. Even though government bureaucracies do not work for profit, agency heads still jockey for power and try to outdo one another.

What Do Bureaucrats Do?

NOT

  • Efficiency;
  • Calculability;
  • Uniformity and predictability;
  • Control through automation.

Government bureaucrats perform a wide variety of tasks. We often think of bureaucrats as paper-pushing desk clerks, but bureaucrats fight fires, teach, and monitor how federal candidates raise money, among other activities.

The job of a bureaucrat is to implement government policy, to take the laws and decisions made by elected officials and put them into practice. Some bureaucrats implement policy by writing rules and regulations, whereas others administer policies directly to people (such as distributing small business loans or treating patients at a veterans’ hospital). The task of running the government, and providing services through policy implementation, is called public administration.

Bureaucratic Functions

One useful approach to understanding what bureaucrats do is to examine the actions of different governmental agencies. The following table summarizes the government’s major functions and provides examples of agencies that perform those tasks.

Weber was not fond of bureaucratic organizations but he considered them to be improvements over earlier kinds of management. According to your textbook, the following are some of the problems with bureaucracy:

  • Bureaucratic ritualism – workers become more concerned with following procedure than getting the job done accurately. An example of this phenomenon is the employee with a “rules are rules” attitude who is very rigidly rule-bound and unwilling to try creative solutions to problems.
  • Bureaucratic inertia – bureaucratic organizations tend to perpetuate themselves, and may lose site of organizational goals. According to Parkinson’s Law, work expands; even if there is no work to do employees will find busywork. Busywork creates extra work and eventually the work day is full of non-productive tasks.
  • Race, class, and gender inequalities – Women and minorities still encounter the “glass ceiling.” They are promoted to only certain areas. Barriers exist that keep them from breaking through to upper-upper management positions. And although there are laws against discrimination, certain classes of people are more apt to be hired and or promoted than others.
  • The iron law of oligarchy – a small clique of people tend to rule an organization for their benefit.
  • The Peter Principle – competent bureaucrats, according to this Principle, are rewarded with many promotions but finally they reach a level beyond their ability. Demotion is rare, so an organization eventually becomes full of incompetents.
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#workplace

Let’s discuss some ways to approach conflict that will help you navigate it smoothly and use it to create even stronger relationships!

  1. Know what you really value. It will be over these important things that you will want to express conflict. All the other stuff is not worth it.
  2. Pick your battles and save your strength. Not all battles are yours to fight, so spend your energy on important conflicts. And remember, just because someone else wants to fight doesn’t mean you have to.
  3. Face your fear and stand your ground. Don’t ever walk away from a conflict when it involves what you value.
  4. Conflict is not a contest to be won. Jerry Jampolsky says “Would you rather be right or happy?” This one is an easy one for me. Happy wins every time!
  5. Listen; really listen, during time of conflict. In my experience, most conflicts are really misunderstandings. If you hang in there and listen, you will most likely find common ground instead of fighting words.
  6. Focus on behavior not on motives or intentions. If you can see it, you can name it, and you have half a chance of being listened to. Therefore, as much as possible, keep conflicts focused on what is tangible.
  7. Nothing new was ever created without conflict. Think about it, it is a conflict in needs vs. haves that creates a new product. A conflict in thought generates a new idea. A conflict between people creates an innovative idea. Now what was it about conflict you didn’t like?
  8. People don’t care what you know, until they know that you care. Yes, I know I have already shared this with you, but it is especially important to remember this in times of conflict. As long as people know you care, they will hang in there through the conflict to come out on the other side of it. So, especially in times of conflict, let your partner know you care.

words of wisdom

Some selected words of wisdom from the Twitter page of Lee Clow,
Creative Director of Chiat Day LA.
29 April 2010 at 11:32

 

 

 

Always assume no one wants to hear what your ad has to say, then give them a reason to.

A logo is not a mandatory. Being on strategy, speaking in the brand’s voice and intriguing consumers are mandatories.

A brand doesn’t need a unique position in the market as much as a unique position in consumers’ minds.
If your copy requires italics, your copy requires rewriting.

“What are we trying to say with this ad” should be asked before writing the brief. Not two minutes before showing the client.

Most people don’t have enough time to interact with their kids, let alone your brand. Respect that.

In our hunt for novelty, we forget that great advertising is so rarely seen that consumers already consider it novel.

You should always focus group creative, assuming your goal is creative that satisfies 30 people.

When judging an ad internally, react like a consumer first and analyze it to death later. Like after it runs.

Few things guarantee failure faster than the “safe” option.

The better the work, the shorter the presentation.

Copy & design create an ad’s internal rhythm. Even if they can’t describe it, consumers know when the beat is off.

I love clients who know the difference between input and a mandate.

Just because everyone (ad folks) is doing it doesn’t mean anyone (consumers) actually likes it.

The biggest waste of time & money in most agencies is the inability to make a decision. Lead yourselves. Lead your clients.

An ad discussing negative things does not a negative ad make. E.g., every problem-solution ad ever run.

Sometimes the best visual solution is a well-written line.

It’s not that consumers have short attention spans. It’s that we give them so little of interest to look at.

No one remembers an ad they never see.

Consumers never complain about ads being too smart.

“But some people won’t get this” is one of the first signs your ad might actually work.

“Did you consider trying this?” No, we’re good enough to reject it without wasting time trying it. Your CFO will thank us.

Don’t confuse a simple execution with a simple message. The former is optional; the latter, mandatory.

Nothing kills a bad product faster than great advertising.

Hope you like that straw dog because the client just approved it.

The consumer will never hear that two-hour campaign rationale you gave to the client. Work lives or dies on on its own merits.

Clients are consumers, too. They just need to be reminded.

Always read your copy out loud to ensure it sounds like the brand and not the brand manager.

Your ad begins as an interruption. Make paying attention to it feel like a reward.

A technique or look is no substitute for substance.

Few things break my heart like seeing a brilliant idea poorly executed. Always sweat the details.

Most products don’t actually have a USP. That’s why *we* exist.

Body copy gets read when headlines do their job.

TV spots are short. If you can’t hold folks’ attention for 20 secs before revealing the brand, find another line of work.

a cute sindhi joke

‎*Don’t Talk To A Sindhi Fellow Passenger On Flight**.*

An American gets on a plane and finds himself seated next to a Sindhi. He
immediately turns to the Sindhi and makes his move.
“You know,” says the American to the Sindhi, “I’ve heard that flights will
go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger. So
let’s talk.”

The Sindhi, who had just opened his book, closes it slowly and says to the
American guy, “What would you like to discuss?”
“Oh, I don’t know,” says the guy, smiling. “How about nuclear power?”

“OK,” says the Sindhi. “That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask
you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff —
grass. Yet the deer excretes little pellets, the cow turns out a flat patty,
and the horse produces muffins of dried poop. Why do you suppose that is?”

The American guy is dumbfounded. Finally he replies, “I haven’t the
slightest idea.”
“So tell me,” says the Sindhi, “How is it that you feel qualified to discuss
nuclear power *when you don’t know shit?”*

Sandy aftermatch

we dont care for the savage reaction to 1000+ Rts of New York Stock Exchange under whole THREE FEET of water upsetting the jews n other hogging capitalists! n dispelling false information was never SO serious when talking abt OUR region!?!! hmph!! this is fun, loved these!!:P

English speaking rap song called awaam

mushrooming of type songs now…funky , English speaking c-walking lot neo revolutionists, , sprinkled with, abusive language, dunno whether to laugh or cry! 

new hit on social media with offers from corporation buyout, in comments LOL!  wish it was REALLY about intelligent debate in Pakistan, WITH people genuinely interested in discussing the best way to govern our country, the political process should be your KASUTI. The only problem is: our democratic elections aren’t merited or decided by the the educatedly or the wise— they’re decided by common hapless Pakistanis who probably watch songs like these and stay the same. So here it is, another example  full of saeen rhetoric and in case they don’t make more songs like these , lacking substance, what are your other options on media any way? hero tv?! or politicians like mullahs shouting match over an irrelevant topic or insulting each other, and enjoy living in a world in which ttp mullahs  are formidable contender for supreme political power. I wish we could think about politics without our heads exploding. yet!! “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” said PLATO.