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Seagull management is a management style wherein a manager only interacts with employees when suspecting that a problem has arisen. The perception is that such a management style involves hasty decisions about things of which the manager has little understanding, leading to disruption and the disorientation of resources.[1][2]

The phrase is a figure of speech comparing such a manager to a typical squawking and messy seagull, with one employee characterising seagull managers as those 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".[3]

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  1. ^ Theuerkorn, Fenix (June 25, 2004). Lightweight Enterprise Architectures. CRC Press. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-203-50531-1.
  2. ^ Bradberry, Travis (2009). "The cost of seagull management". Industrial and Commercial Training. 41 (3): 139–141. doi:10.1108/00197850910950925.
  3. ^ Andreou, Alex (July 25, 2012). "Why David Cameron is the ultimate 'seagull' manager". New Statesman. Retrieved June 17, 2013.