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What are the causes for downfall of the functional manager?

I know that this is not strictly a project management question but I'm sure that it can be answered (hopefully objectively) by the project managers on this website. I want to know what are the causes that may lead to the downfall of the functional manager? Is constant disagreements with the project manager one of them? How about refusal to delegate routine and tedious activities?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous edited 8 years ago by MaplePM

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Here are the causes of downfall of the functional manager (note that my answer is highly subjective):

- Not giving credit where credit is due
- Taking credit for his employees' work
- Limiting his employees' ambitions
- Attempting to demoralize his employees
- Not doing anything all day
- Blaming his employees for his mistakes and making them look bad in front of upper management
- Not shielding his employees from other managers
- Being over-protective of his employees (and not - this does not conflict with the previous point)
- Treating his employees as "resources"
- Having conflicts with his own team
- Playing politics with other managers in the company
- Trying to block access to certain resources needed by the project manager (the project manager will eventually elevate this problem to upper management)
- Not getting training to improve his managerial skills
- Not training his own employees to develop their skills
- Not acting as a leader
- Coming to work late, leaving work early
- Focusing on stupid things such as employee attendance and forgetting about important things such as net employee performance
- Creating personal issues out of every problem
- Refusing to delegate routine tasks to his team members
- Creating quarrels with the vendors/suppliers

The list can be literally endless but this is what I have on top of my head at the moment!
answered 8 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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