Recently, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in “management procedure” and would like some feedback from anyone who might know anything.
I work at a high school; I teach. Recently, the old, beloved principal retired, and was replaced by a new, younger man who decided to “reorganize” things… and has driven the entire staff batshit crazy trying to meet his demands without actually violating any laws.
Among his beliefs:
*All high school teachers are identical. They are all college graduates, and are therefore able to teach any subject area, regardless of their preferences, abilities, or specific degree.
*Teachers do not need fixed classrooms. They can shuttle around from room to room, just like students do, with no loss of efficiency.
*Employees can be effectively motivated by threats.
*No one ever really NEEDS to go to the bathroom.
*Effective teaching consists of simply standing at the front of the room and talking.
*It is possible to build “teams” and execute “teamwork” while simultaneously trying to get teachers to “inform” on each other when policies are bent or violated.
*When a given organizational situation isn’t working, simply eliminate it and substitute chaos. Employees will reorganize it FOR you. Actually planning and changing anything is unnecessary.
*If anyone asks you a question you don’t like, scream at them. People will soon quit asking you questions.
Now… under most circumstances… I’d simply regard this as one idiot, out of his depth, exemplifying the “Peter Principle,” and having been promoted to his level of incompetence. But the thing is… I have seen this style of management before.
Is there some school of thought out there that thinks this is an effective way to manage your personnel?