Seagull management

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Seagull management is a management style wherein a manager only interacts with employees when they deem a problem has arisen. The perception is that such a management style involves hasty decisions about things of which they have little understanding, resulting in a messy situation with which others must deal.[1][2] 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.”[3]

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  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Bradberry, Travis (2009). "The cost of seagull management". Industrial and Commercial Training. 41 (3): 139–141. doi:10.1108/00197850910950925.
  3. ^ 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.