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How Not to Manage Like Bill Lumbergh from Office Space: Guest Post by Kelly Batke, Jostle

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 07 Mar 2013

“Are you going to go ahead and have those TPS reports for us this afternoon?” — Bill Lumbergh, Office Space     Office space boss

If you are familiar with the cult hit Office Space, you will easily recall the heartless micro-manager Bill Lumbergh. Lumbergh uses a leadership style of giving specific instructions and closely monitoring and overseeing the work of his employees. According to the Hershey and Blanchard ‘Telling’ leadership theory, people using this style use one way communication and often believe their employees are incapable of performing tasks given to them.  While this leadership style may suit a variety of settings it can also be an employee’s worst nightmare.

With an abundance of Gen Y workers and a concern that social enterprises are too social, it’s understandable that workplace leaders are struggling for a balance on how to effectively manage employees. But if your employees are running off to the nearest coffee shop by 9am for opportunities to rant you might want to reconsider your management style.

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