Finally, a word on good management. Good managers are all the same: they regard the people above them with healthy scepticism and treat those below them with respect. They come in early, leave late and work at least as h
ard and preferably harder than their worst paid underlings. They are curious, engaged and reactive.
Good managers want problems solved, sure, but crucially they want problems to be identified and brought to their attention. They are more interested in accomplishing the stated aim of the thing they do/run/represent than in covering their asses or paint the world a pretty pink colour for their bosses. When you point to the sky they look at the moon/that plane/ the freak asteroid hurtling your way not, I repeat not, at your finger.
Helpless pensioners will never die of thirst on a ward under the watch of a good manager. Libor rates won't be fixed. Hacks won't hack into phones and policemen won't sell stories in return for posh spa stays. Soldiers won't torture and tax men won't cut international corporations obscenely cushy deals. Trust me. It's true. It's just hard to close your eyes and believe because there are so few of them around.