Why does Ted Kelly’s descision-making style work? Ted Kelly developed a little bit strange looking type of decision making which in fact is making no decisions at all. He says that everything he does at work is just a lot of good sleep on his sofa at office and reading a few memos about department achievements every week. He passes all the decision process to his subordinates, as he is the one, the leader of the wolf pack, and they only bother him with problems that they really can’t solve.
Each department has it manager who is in charge of solving problems of his field and then at weekly staff meeting, whole group of managers discuss the results of plant and also they discuss problems which couldn’t be solved at the department level. They have a lot of responsibility and that is the main motivation for them to give their best into the work they do. They also don’t want to disappoint their leader, in this case Ted, who gave them all the mighty power they have.
As reward he chooses some of the best players to be later promoted and this puts a little scent of competition among all the managers, so they try to solve problems of their departments as soon as possible and with positive endings. 2. Is Ted Kelly abrogating his decision-making responsibilities? Explain. I think that he is not abrogating nothing at all, but frankly speaking, I can’t imagine if I was able to apply this kind of decision-making if I were the leader. It is like leaving everything to the others and do nothing at all.
What is then his purpose of going to work every day when he only sleeps there? I don’t see it. But as from the point of managerial system, his system of non-decision making works. He then sees that his approach brings positive results, that all his subordinates do their best to prove him that he was right when he chose them. 3. Would you like to work for Ted Kelly? Why? Maybe yes, maybe no, it’s difficult question because he gives too much power to hands of the individual and leaves everything to their own opinions.
It’s empowering and sometimes, too much freedom can cause that human has very high self-esteem and thinks that he could do everything better than anyone else and doesn’t want to share his ideas with others because he thinks that they might stole his plans and apply them at their department. In conclusion, I would definitely try to work for Ted Kelly, but I can’t say that I would last for long time because the guiding hand is sometimes much needed and if you can’t rely on that, you can make wrong decisions because you’re under pressure. 4. Would you want Ted Kelly working for you?
Why? If his approach would bring profit to the company, why not. Also if all the employees were satisfied with this kind of leadership, with the level of communication between departments and also with incentive system, I would consider it as a good choice. But if was some problem arising there from the fights among departments (because of the promotion thing), if they were competing instead of working together, I would stop it. And, last but not least, I would not reward him with a much higher wage than his subsidiaries because of him doing nothing at all.