Napoleon Bonaparte
Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte by Jacques-Louis David (finished 1813)

“A commander in chief [manager] cannot take as an excuse for his mistakes in warfare [business] an order given by his minister [boss] or sovereign [boss’ boss], when the person giving the order is absent from the field and is imperfectly aware or wholly unaware of the state of affairs.

It follows that any commander in chief [manager], who undertakes to carry out a plan which he considers defective, is at fault. He must put forward his reasons, insist on the plan being changed, and as a last resort tender his resignation—rather than be the instrument of his army’s [organization’s/team’s] downfall.”

From Military Maxims and Thoughts by Napoleon Bonaparte

Clearly, management disconnect is nothing new. It was a thing during the Napoleonic era from the late 18th to the early 19th century. It was probably a thing thousands of years back, when an earlier iteration of civilisation was still erecting pyramids.

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