I just sat down and finally picked up the November 2002 issue of Business 2.0. I’ve made it to page 28, where I found this amazing article:
How Your Boss Is Hexing You an interview with Jean-Francois Manzoni, coauthor of The Set-Up-to-Fail Syndrome.
The questions are dead on, but the answers are even more telling. Go read it, it’s quick.
I don’t know that I can say I’ve ever been in the position when my ‘manager’ or boss was setting me up to fail, but I can say that I’ve had bosses that were being set up to fail by their bosses, or at least that’s how it seemed to me at the time. Hind-sight is always 20/20, but I can’t say for sure that I’ve really ever paid enough attention to this sort of phenomenon to say that I’ve seen it in person. I’m sure it happens though, for any number of reasons.
If you like the quick interview, you might like the book: The Set-Up-to-Fail Syndrome: How Good Managers Cause Great People to Fail or subscribing to Business 2.0.
I’ll have to keep this in mind in my future jobs.