You might be wondering what this word “perkele” means.
It’s a Finnish word. And “management by perkele” refers to certain type of leadership/managing. Let me tell a brief story that I heard from a friend of mine. After reading this, I’m sure you know what this type of leadership is all about. Friend of mine – let’s call him Tony – had a boss who was using “management by perkele” with… well, quite obvious results. You might have seen similar bosses (or even have one right now).
To make a long story shorter, I’ll take some shortcuts and try to describe things briefly.
- Tony (friend of mine) asked assistance from his co-worker Mark, who said “sure, I can help you”. Tony emailed Mark that “but you cannot code the module, since my boss said it wouldn’t be allowed… which in my opinion is quite strange, since you have been coding similar modules for other people. I’ll have to get confirmation for all this from my boss, and will let you know if you are allowed to help me.
- Mark emailed company lead (the big boss, that’s upper in the hierarchy than Tony’s boss) about this.
- The next morning Tony was doing a part of the application. Suddenly, his boss walked into his room shouting “Now you’ve crossed the line!! GODDAMIT, how can you decide to take Mark into helping you when I’ve specifically said that you must consult me first!!!
- Shouting continued and Tony managed to say that “It was just a preliminary inquiry and I told Mark I would ask you. Nothing was decided” and “Is this about the fact that Mark forwarded the email to company lead – I didn’t know he would do that.” (which the boss of course denied) and also that “do you think it’s professional to come here and shout at me?”… and nothing helped. Tony’s boss was in rage (and in reality all this rage was because the email reached the Big Boss, it had nothing to do with Mark assistance).
The end results were quite obvious:
- Tony was very near countering with the cartman technique.
- Then of course the immediate result for Tony experienced a total drop in motivation: how the heck is he supposed to continue working the rest of the day.
- And this of course affects all of the following work: how Tony is supposed to be effective at his work if there’s a (poohole) boss shouting at him?
The point is… if the boss has issues (like he is about to get a burn-out or is a total jerk)… then it like doesn’t help anything to go shout to people who are lower in the hierarchy. M’kay?
(Anyone have a boss who uses “management by perkele”?)