Seagull management

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Seagull management is a management style wherein a manager only interacts with employees when suspecting a problem has arisen. The perception is that such a management style involves hasty decisions about things of which the manager has little understanding, resulting in a messy situation with which others must deal.[1][2] The phrase is a figure of speech comparing such a manager to a typical squawking and messy seagull: s/he shows up, makes a lot of noise, and poops all over everything.

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  1. ^ Andreou, Alex (July 25, 2012). "Why David Cameron is the ultimate 'seagull' manager". New Statesman. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 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.