“People Myopia” or “Department Myopia”
Posted by Ashish Bavishi on August 14, 2013
Myopia – An Ancient Greek word, commonly known as being nearsighted (American English) and shortsighted (British English), is a condition of the eye where the light that comes in does not directly focus on the retina but in front of it.
This causes the image that one sees when looking at a distant object to be out of focus, but in focus when looking at a close object.
Marketing myopia is a term used in marketing as well as the title of an important marketing paper written by Theodore Levitt. Marketing Myopia suggests that businesses will do better in the end if they concentrate on meeting customers’ needs rather than on selling products.
The Myopic culture, Levitt postulated, would pave the way for a business to fail, due to the short-sighted mindset and illusion that a firm is in a so-called ‘growth industry’.
Extending this phenomena, many Top Level Executives suffer from “People Myopia” or “Department Myopia”. Gradually they start loving their team mates from the same department they belong. They start believing in “My Own Department” from they have incepted or have worked long. They feel possesive for the people of that department as their own rather a part of the company. They unknowingly extend their favour to the people about whom they feel possessive and believe what ever work done by that particular employee or department is always RIGHT.
This undue favour comes from “People Myopia” or “Department Myopia”.
Unfortunately, this does not stop here. They start doing injustice to other people or department in the company to prove their “People Myopia” or “Department Myopia” is right. And simply others suffer !!
This leads to …
1. Wastage of Resources increasing burden on other people or departments
2. Frustration among other people or departments due to increased work and injustice
3. Their own people from own department (under Myopia) take disadvantage from them
A very small dieses of Myopia can lead to huge loss.
And the people who resist their Bosses’ Myopia are always in the trouble.
Suggestion : Study, observe and let it be loose