Jerks in the IT Workplace
Ever had a jerk for a boss? Ever feel like their attitude leads to bad decisions?
Tom Davenport, chair of IT and management at Babson College and co-author of Competing on Analytics, takes a look at jerk bosses in a post on HarvardBusiness.org. His key assertion: Not only are jerks annoying, but they're bad decision makers.
Survivors and victims of the Wall Street fallout might know this better than anyone, Davenport says, but I think we've all seen this before. (If someone out there can honestly tell me that they've never dealt with a "jerk"--I'm restraining my usual choices of language--in the workplace, then I'll give you a prize.)
But I can't say that I've seen too much of this in IT. I'm sure plenty of you could comment and say that you've had some horrible bosses (and please do comment--I'd love to hear your stories), but I can't point to too many "jerk" CIOs.
Davenport's post cites a few examples of executive-level jerks, and plenty has been written about bad attitudes in the workplace. What I'm wondering is what, specifically to IT, happens when jerks take the helm. Are there issues or problems that are unique to IT, that maybe others in the organization wouldn't understand?
If you are someone who's dealing with a jerk boss, hang in there. As Davenport cites, and as most of us have seen, bad guys usually get what they deserve...
For more on how behavior affects IT, check out this report from Chris Dowse and Paul Hertz.