Recognising and Addressing Mushroom Management

No matter whether running a private or a public company, there is always a balance to be struck regarding the quantity of information and detail behind that information in terms of sharing. Regulatory obligations naturally ‘trump’ all other aspects as compliance with reporting requirements is just that, obligatory.However at another level entirely, one I would argue is even more important, is the call that has to be made as to how much corporate and operational information should be shared with internal stakeholders. Executive management and staff cannot perform in the absence of appropriate and available information. Too much and one runs the risk perhaps of losing a competitive edge. Too little and one definitely runs the risk of organisational dysfunctionality and ultimately under-performance. 

Wikipedia captures the definition wonderfully well: Mushroom management, also known as Pseudo-Analysis or Blind Development, is a mocking term used to describe the running of a company where the communication channels between the managers and the employees do not work properly.[1] The term alludes to the stereotypical (and somewhat inaccurate) view of mushroom cultivation: “Kept in the dark and periodically given a load of manure”.

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