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Chief Mentor: the five myths of management

Kalyan Banerjee is co-founder and head of learning at MindTree

Many years back, a young engineer came to me with an unusual problem. His colleague and friend had just become his manager, and had been behaving strangely. In meetings, his new manager would contradict his ideas, or try to find flaws in his suggestions. Earlier, they were close buddies in mutual appreciation, and frequently built on each other’s ideas.

The young manager, when confronted on this change in behavior, was surprised. “Am I not expected to behave this way?,” he wondered, not understanding that it’s perfectly fine for a manager to accept good suggestions from others.