26 May 2000 deirdre   » (Journeyer)

Some birdie suggested that I post a note for the ex-Linuxcare people, many of whom are on Advogato. There is a mailing list that's existed since the first departure from Linuxcare[1] called linuxcare-alumni. Former Linuxcare folk can join.

[1]: Roger Gregory of the Xanadu project, fired basically for calling his boss an asshole. Thus proving the point. Clearly Roger felt backed into a corner, but it became really apparent that the wrong person had been fired. Thus leading to the verbalization of Deirdre's Rule of Bad Managers[2].

While some might question my feelings on this matter, my fundamental assumption is that it is the role of a manager to help their employees GET the work done. An upset employee is not productive, thus the role of a manager is to deflate the situation and, if necessary, resolve it later. Instead, a shouting match ensued. This kind of thing happens when managers look at themselves as "over" or "superior to" their employees rather than seeing their role as simply having different responsibilities.

[2]: "Bad Managers almost always outlast good employees."

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