Joel Over-Simplifies Management

Joel on Software, one of the top ten blogs on the web follows the life and tribulations of CEO Joel Spolsky and his company, Fog Creek Software.

The movie/DVD, Project Aardvark, 12 Weeks with Geeks is an excellent view into a modern software company as you follow interns through the creation and release of Fog Creek Copilot.

In recent days, Joel has been over-simplifying management into what I classify as the push, pull and mingle methods:

Push: Command and Control

Pull: Econ 101

Mingle: The Identity Management Method

What Joel hasn’t talked about is Leadership.

In truth, good managers are using a combination of all three of these all of the time. Managing and motivating employees is one of the most difficult skills to learn. Once mastered, you are leading.