The Brick Theory of Management

The Brick Theory of Management


This morning I used this story while giving an introductory talk on TALENT MANAGEMENT to a batch of MBA students in a college:

How to place new employees in the right jobs for them:

  • Put 400 bricks in a closed room.
  • Put your new hires in the room and close the door.
  • Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours.
  • Then analyze the situation:  

If they are counting the bricks, put them in the Accounting Department.

If they are re-counting them, put them in Auditing.

If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them in Engineering.

If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them in Planning.

If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in Operations.

If they are sleeping, put them in Security.

If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in Information Technology.

If they are sitting idle, put them in Human Resources.

If they say they have tried different combinations, they are looking for more, yet not a brick has been moved, put them in Sales.

If they have already left for the day, put them in Marketing.

If they are staring out of the window, put them in Strategic Planning.

If they are talking to each other, and not a single brick has been moved, congratulate them and put them in Top Management.


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