The first time I saw MT material, I felt there was a gem here that I could use for improving the management in my company.
However, in my first communication to Mark and Mike, I said that "adaptations will have to be done if I wanted to use your technics in France". Mark politely replied he did not think so. [b]"it's not culture it's management".[/b]
He is right. I have been able to use the Tools just as they were presented and each time I "adapted" them, [b]they worked less efficiently[/b].
Last night, I was listening to a radio show on the road. It was the interview of an ex big group manager who has written a book about "how to climb the company ladder". It was a cynical list of tricks and comments about how to manage without working, to play politics, to look positive, to delivre an unclear message, to make projects from peer go wrong, etc.
I was absolutely furious to hear that guy destroy (again) the image of management and companies ! Most of the French are very negative about companies, and this kind of pamphlets and comments from uninformes journalists play a big role in that. It is not so fair away from a crime in my opinion.
I sometimes feel that French are the world champions in hurting themselves and it makes me mad.
Clooney said in a recent interview at Cannes that what he likes in the USA is their capacity to get enthousiastic, even in a manner that could be seen by us European as been "naive". "The older a culture, the more cynical the people", he said. I could not agree more.
We need enthousiasm in our management, not cynism.
Manager Tools can change things here. We need it, guys.