This is the fourth article in our series entitled Managers: The Good and the Bad.
Do you happen to know any managers who CAN NOT accept responsibility for anything that happens? Nothing pertaining to their projects, their products or services, their departments, their teams; nothing is ever their fault? As though woven into their very DNA, this type of manager, the Artful Dodger, makes life for their subordinates less and less valuable over the course of time.
Charles Dickens created his Artful Dodger character as a great pickpocket in Oliver Twist. We use the term to mean someone who deflects, or dodges, responsibility.
Characteristics of Artful Dodgers
|Any. In other words, our adopted (Goleman) archetypes have little to do with this behavior. “Dodging” is really a character flaw.
|SPs are common (Sensing + Perceiving) but could be any
|How to Spot:
|There are several things to watch for:
|Reason(s) to Hire:
Just writing about this sort of person irritates me.
- How can Artful Dodgers survive in corporate life? Are human resource departments ineffective at finding them and then tossing them out?
- Are these individuals more prevalent in larger companies or in small ones?