Quotes, opinions, and philosophies of some well-known and lesser-known “managers.”
In 1964, US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart offered the following quote in an opinion written for the obscenity case Jacobellis v. Ohio. As a legal standard, it was both praised and derided. As a managerial strategy it can be highly detrimental.
“But I know it when I see it…”
Delivering clear instructions and/or expectations is crucial to quality internal communications and good leadership. Too often employees can waste energy, time and patience trying to hit marks that have not been adequately described. If your only plan as a manager is to hope your team members can either read your mind or spontaneously arrive at your desired conclusion, then you need to rethink your management style. Similarly, if you yourself don’t know what success looks like for your team then either hold off on delivering assignments or engage in some group think planning and develop a goal together.