The mistake that lots of people do is think that if youÂ´re a manager you HAVE to know how to do every job ( something that is not possible in todays enterprise) otherwise there idiots, whereas what they have to know in only the basic and the general picture and then SURROUND themselves with experts , and handle them, motivate them, make sure they have everything to their job , remove all obstacles , set the goals together with the expert and so on. Knowing everyones job doesnt make you a good manager..
Another great strip! Every bad manager I have had seems incapable of realizing that they have only the vaguest idea of what I am actually doing. Still, they can't just let me do it. They need to 'add value' (read 'justify their bigger salaries'), so they make changes that mess everything up. I think I'll start doing what Dilbert did. It's easier than explaining basic concepts to them!
Panel 5 says it all, when bosses knew what their employees were doing...When I was a supervisor in the 1980's I knew how to do every job each of my employee was tasked with. Today they hadly know their own.