My dislike of authority or bosses is certainly no secret. People may chalk this up to my personality, my independence, or my ego. But my personal eccentricities that makes W4 work impossible aside, the majority of people do not like having a boss. Additionally, the majority of people think their bosses are idiots and they could do a better job.
"Wisdom" and experience merely writes this off as ego, or the pride of the employee. Sure, all bosses are "idiots" and all of them "suck." Now why don't you suck it up and get your ass back to work like the rest of us. But something got me thinking about bosses, as well as the nature of companies. The vast majority of them fail. And very few last more than 100 years. Meaning, matter of fact, by statistical reality...yes...
most bosses do suck, are idiots, and the employees are very likely right.
After wracking my brain to come up with a formula to calculate what percent of companies fail, and thus, what percent of bosses are incompetent idiots, I realized this was an impossible task because of the nature of businesses.
8 out of 10 businesses fail in 18 months. But those are start ups and not established companies with thousands of middle management bosses.
Also, those entrepreneurs/bosses may start multiple companies.
What if the company doesn't go belly up, but grows? Vindication of good bosses, but then it's bought out and management is cut to save overhead.
Do we include bosses in mergers? How do we track them? They could have helped the company grow, but lack the foresight to avoid getting laid off (as they train in their replacements).
The truth is there is no way to nail it down to a single digital percentage, but in just looking at how few companies actually survive long term, as well as the short term failure rate, the mathematical reality is the VAST majority of bosses are incompetent oafs who really don't know what they're doing. From outright idiotic business moves elucidated in "Restaurant Impossible," to the daily chronicling of Scott Adam's Dilbert, to the bailing out of companies that couldn't see the housing bubble coming, as a whole corporate America and your average employer are freaking morons that usually end up stealing money from their creditors (and sometimes taxpayers). But what's worse is the mental torture they wreak on their employees. Employees who have simple, basic common sense, know precisely what's wrong with the company, but are either disciplined or just outright terminated if they dare to point out the failings of their supervisors or, worse, can't simply live the lies their bosses want them to.
In the end having very average, if not, inferior people promoted based on conformance, compliance and ass kissing spells inevitable doom to the majority of employers. They are not only incapable of management or leadership, but are also incapable of identifying opportunities that would result in a successful company, not to mention threats that immediately threaten its survival. This is why nearly every company you or I have worked for is no longer in business and if you were to look up your bosses, they too have likely been fired, "let go," or are now working for a completely new employer.
But don't worry, they're actively working on bankrupting that company too.