I wasn’t aware of BNET The CBS interactive business network until today when a Tweet from @Summers400 alerted me to it – thanks Paul.

It looks like a great resource for all sorts of business-related stuff.  It even has an article in praise of Heathrow terminal 5.

Like all good web sites trying to attract public attention it understands the short attention span of  your average surfer and packages its content into handy bite-sized chunks, including some wonderful lists.

Lists like  Business Blunders of the Year (“To write a white paper that will guide British government policies on obesity, alcohol, and diet-related diseases, the UK Dept of Health enlists the aid of businesses including McDonald’s, KFC, Kellogg’s, Mars, and booze conglomerate Diageo”) and The 10 Worst Business Books of All Time (“ The Leadership Genius of George W. Bush.   10 Common Sense Lessons from the Commander-in-Chief”).

I particularly liked The 8 Stupidest Management Fads of All Time by author Geoffrey James.

To mix metaphors they’re all a bit tongue in cheek and close to home.  Most of us will probably find one that we actually thought was a good idea – until we read this.

I especially liked his dissection of Matrix Management, something I’ve struggled with over the years.

The theory he says is

People with similar skills are pooled for work assignments…For example…assigned to different projects and report to a project manager while working on that project. Therefore, each [person] may have to work under several managers to get their job done.

The reality he characterises as

An endless, debilitating turf war.  Each manager fights to be considered the “real” manager of the personnel.  They do this by forcing everybody to attend required “staff meetings” and by finding extra hoops to jump through and extra rocks to fetch, in order to prove that that they’re the ones who are really in charge.

Yup, I recognise that one!

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