The UK's much-criticised managers might be releaved to find out that they are not the only ones in the firing line.
A survey by organisational development specialist Human Synergistics has found that a whopping 87 per cent of Australian companies have management cultures wracked by "blame, mindless conformity and indecision", while their managers lack basic skills such as setting goals, using rewards, giving feedback, and conducting fair appraisals.
". . .executive behaviour bred a culture that encouraged people to treat rules as more important than ideas, switch priorities to please others, avoid taking any blame for problems, follow orders even when they were wrong, defer decisions to people higher up the food chain and not rock the boat."