Analyst WOD

What if we were all self-managed professionals? Recent blog posts have explored the role of management in several high profile events; investigations into those events indicate that mismanagement may have been a root cause of the unfortunate series of unintended consequences that occurred.  If we all agree that highly bureaucratic, hierarchical management has become an issue, let’s employ analytical tools to identify assumptions and challenge mindsets.

Assumptions: Without a boss, analysts will run wild, call in sick and do whatever else is necessary to avoid doing work.

Mindset: We allow ourselves to be managed by others.

Consider then, what life might be like if analysts in fusion centers or anti-money laundering departments were self-managed? What if decisions that affect day to day responsibilities of analysts were made by the analysts themselves instead of by management that sits far away from the front lines?

Today’s challenge for analysts is this:

Identify your role along your organizational supply chain and take note of how it contributes to the mission of your local unit, group, and entire department or institution.

Write a personal mission statement that outlines how you will contribute to the missions you identified previously.  Determine the training, resources and cooperation you will need to fulfill your mission and include it in your self-management doctrine.

Prepare an evaluation tool that a peer could use to grade you on your performance and whether or not you have accomplished your mission.

Discuss this with a peer.  How did it go? Post your comments here!

For more information please read Gary Hamel’s article and consider reinventing management.

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One thought on “Analyst WOD

  1. Mike says:

    Some bosses feel they have to “boss”. In the Marine Corps the mindset is to assign the task and let the Marine figure it out. In Policing many bosses feel the need to tell you exactly how everything should be done. There’s a time for that, but as they say, it’s not all the time.

    Can’t speak for the analysts community, but if their is a Police boss in the mix, I think I can safely assume there is some micro-managing going on.

    Bosses need to learn to trust their subordinates.

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