If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck!

The title I used for this article is a saying or sort of a proverb.  I thought it best fits for this post because I will speak about managers who do not see the obvious and continue adopting the same strategies which proved ineffective.

A manager should be able to see his faults before seeing the faults of his employees.  If he adopts a certain strategy at work for a long time and it proved ineffective, then he should CHANGE it.  I know a manager for example who adopted a technique for 10 years now and the result was people keep resigning.  He has a very high turn over rate and people hate him around the office.  Employees join the company motivated and hard-workers and gradually they lose their talent, lose their enthusiasm and even lose their interest to work.  Their quality of work degrades and their mistakes keep increasing.  In spite of all that; he always blames it on someone else and never wants to admit that it is his own fault.




Part of being a good manager is evaluating your strategies and leadership skills.  You have to be able to motivate your people and bring the best out of them.  




I read a good quotation that says:

“if you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.” – Thomas Fuller

This is very true, be reasonable if you want to be obeyed.  Show people that you trust them, because if they feel that you don’t trust them they will not strive to achieve. 

Also if you want to be followed and obeyed, then you have to be a role model.  Don’t ask them to do things that you yourself fail to do.  For example, if you come in late, you can’t ask them to be punctual.  If you forget certain matters, do mistakes and miss deadlines, you can’t ask them to be perfect. 

To succeed as a manager work on yourself first…See your own mistakes and resolve them and you will find people naturally following your steps.


5 thoughts on “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck!

  1. hmm .. Interesting enough about the title, we have in programming a rule that says “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….. and it has batteries”. this is a rule in generalization, that say you cannot have a Duck base class and then an ElectricDuck child inherited class for example!

    Completely off topic most probably but I couldn’t help it 😀

    BTW, Nice post, as usual.

  2. @Mohamed Meligy
    hehe absolutely off topic LOL but I couldn’t help laughing at your words 😀

    I loved the post very much as I has an experience in something similar to that.. I worked with a leader who was hated by everyone, even his old friends at college.. But he always used to blame others for HIS mistakes. I know it seems funny, but as you said, he doesnt think about his own issues before blaming others.

    Anyway, I agree with @Mohamed Meligy “nice topic as usual” 😉

    • Thanks Tamer
      And I will ignore the rest of your comment 🙂 mesh fahma betetkalem 3al meen 😀

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