re: Yahoo Flap Misses The Bigger Point
This article just proves that the new disguise being worn by Theory X'ers (check factual human behavioral Theory X & Y research that is guaranteed to cause certain results when applied). These Theory X'ers just believe in their core that people do not want to do their best work, and do not want to do what is best for their employer and work team. Of course, basic research that has been around for decades proves that creative, high performance individuals who want what is best for their employer, and thus their own career will not function well at all in a Theory X environment. I happen to believe that a balanced approach (some face-to-face with some quiet working at home or elsewhere) is the best where teams collaborate at scheduled times with the proper tools & supplies to support collaboration (of which my organization has nearly none). There is no way to argue that I get way more, and better, documentation, models, analysis, creative architectural ideas, etc. created in peace & quiet in my home office than I do in a loud environment where people DE-PRIORITIZE the work into what THEY want to get done when they come by and stand at my cube to interrupt me, use up my time on non-priority items, distract the people all around, and waste our budget and resources. If you really truly believe in collaboration, like I actually do, and truly are NOT Theory X, which I am not, then actually promote collaboration, lean prioritization, empowered teams, etc. and provide that environment (which is NOT an open phone bank environment). Create policies that promote these concepts that actually cause creative talented people to produce more, spread their knowledge, and grow a better environment. For example: tell people to schedule and meet for regular, organized, prepared collaboration with documented outputs and not just GǣwordsGǥ, Gǣtribal knowledgeGǥ, and chaos. Theory X people can't do anything else but fall back on their core belief that people must all sit at the same desk, hear the same conversations, and be watched all day so that they will work. If these types of people actually exist in your organization, get rid of them and practice real management - because research shows you surely won't attract, grow, or create talented creative people in a cesspool of chaos.