Magazine article Management Today

Are You Really Headed for the Top?

Magazine article Management Today

Are You Really Headed for the Top?

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How much do you cheat when filling in questionnaires? And before you start sneaking a peek at the scorecard at the end of this article answer the following remark; 1 always cheat when filling in questionnaires because: a) It makes them more of a challenge, exercising the key management skill of being able to read upside down; b) It makes them less of a challenge. This is an ingrained habit I first developed doing maths homework where it is always easier to perform a calculation if you know what the answer is going to be.

It may help you to fill in this questionnare if you know that it is a psychometric questionnaire, just like the ones they give you on the first day of your hard-earned, advanced management training course. Think back to the advanced management training course which took place at that huge Georgian mansion in the country and which proved that you were on the fast track to the top; the place where the lifestyle was so different to the office that you wished you could get out of management and into management training.

Remember how the training staff kept repeating in a vaguely patronising tone, |Don't forget, there are no right or wrong answers.' Now give your honest answer to the following statement; 2 I resent being told there are no right or wrong answers because: a) It is a transparent lie and anyone scoring low on the none-too-well-hidden leadership questions can say sayonara to next year's advanced management training course; b) It is a sad reflection on modern GCSE culture where everybody has to pass their exams no matter how thick. I even resent the fact that it is a multiple-choice format and not a three-hour entrance examination in which I could either i) outline the causes of the French Revolution, or, ii) account for the failure of British industry in the 20th century. I also have considerably more O-Levels than John Major and am beginning to think that there is something to academic qualifications after all. …

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