Communications promotes harmony
Winslow Wong | 02 Mar 2018 00:30

You’ve probably heard the expression “feeling like a mushroom,” which means having a feeling of being kept in the dark, uninformed and fed a bunch of shxx (think shiitake mushrooms). Hence the concept of mushroom management.

Also known as pseudo-analysis or blind development, the mocking term is used to describe the running of an organisation where communication channels between management and employees hardly work.

The term alludes to the stereotypical, and somewhat inaccurate view of mushroom cultivation i.e. kept in the dark and periodically given a load of manure.

Mushroom management often develops when managers see themselves as the sole decision-makers within the organisation, rather than those who lead employees towards a shared success.