Seagull management is a management style wherein a manager only interacts with employees when a problem arises. The perception is that such a management style involves hasty decisions about things they have little understanding of, resulting in a messy situation that others must deal with. The term became popular through a joke in Ken Blanchard's 1985 book Leadership and the One Minute Manager: "Seagull managers fly in, make a lot of noise, dump on everyone, then fly out."
- Andreou, Alex (July 25, 2012). "Why David Cameron is the ultimate "seagull" manager". New Statesman. Retrieved 2013-06-17. "Back when I worked for a large organisation, we had a term: “seagull manager”. It described someone, usually a consultant, who flew in, made a lot of noise, dumped on everyone from a great height, then flew out again, leaving others to deal with the consequences."
- Bradberry, Travis (2009). "The cost of seagull management". Industrial and Commercial Training 41 (3): 139–141.
- Blanchard, Ken (1985). Leadership and the One Minute Manager. p. 38. "Seagull managers fly in, make a lot of noise, dump on everyone, then fly out."
- Witt, David (August 15, 2011). "Don’t become a “seagull” manager". leaderchat.org. Retrieved 2013-06-17. "It’s harder than ever to avoid becoming a “seagull manager” these days. That’s when you fly in, make a lot of noise, dump on everyone, and then fly away again."
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