In an era when there seems to be a newtheory—and its accompanying tests and consultants and books and seminars—every week or so, it can be enlightening to take a look at the old classics. Douglas McGregor's famous "Theory X/Theory Y" continuum of management is now almost 50 years old, but it still has relevance to front-line managers.
Take this true-or-false self-test to see where you stand.
___ 1. Close supervision is important in getting good work from people.
___ 2. People can be counted on to set their own goals if encouraged.
___ 3. People enjoy work; it's as natural as eating, playing or resting.
___ 4. Punishment, or the fear of it, is an effective way of moving people to get the job done.
___ 5. When they fear being fired, people put extra effort into their jobs.
___ 6. People accept responsibility willingly.
___ 7. People tend to be gullible and easily taken advantage of.
___ 8. Most jobs in today's o...(register to read more)