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Watching Closely

Please tell me what type of manager broadcasts statements like this one:

“Since there were no major accomplishments reported on this task last week, I’ll be watching this task closely.”

When I see or hear comic statements like this, I privately think to myself (but never publicly speak, of course):

  • What are you gonna do to help if reported status is not up to your lofty but unarticulated expectations next week?
  • Are you gonna issue more pointed and specific threats to the DICs assigned to the task?
  • Are you gonna ratchet up the pressure even more so?
  • Are you gonna roll up your sleeves, dive in and find out what is halting progress so you can directly or indirectly help?

What would you ask yourself?

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