The Magical Quadrants

There is a panacea for all evils – or is it the other way (evil in every panacea) – in corporate management. Its name is ‘the magical quadrants’.

A corporate quadrant diagram has four boxes (surprise!). Every issue, situation, behavior, result, forecast, procedure and (name anything you wish) is nonchalantly fitted into one of these boxes and, before you can say, ‘hey, presto’, the problem is ‘solved’!

As an example, let us analyze a situation where your company’s sales figures are declining while other comparable companies are doing very well. Bring on the quadrant wand and slot away as follows:

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Armed with the above tantalizing display, the Head of Sales can easily make the following presentation to the company’s senior management:

Ladies and gentlemen, I am aware that you are all worried about the company’s performance (or lack thereof) over the past few quarters. But I have been tracking the progress of our company through the company performance-employee morale correlation represented in the picture shown above. This has been taken directly from published results from extensive research on leading global companies by the industry watchdog, XYZ Unlimited. Last year, we were in quadrant I. Thanks to tremendous efforts by our management to expand and grow our lawn, with active support from the CEO, I am proud to say that we are now in quadrant II. We do not ever want to be in quadrant III which is where all our competitors are – with low employee morale that is easily correctable. We have put aggressive plans in place to move directly to quadrant IV. With our highly motivated workforce and our continuing investments in maintaining and growing greenery around us, it is just a matter of time before we find ourselves at the top of quadrant IV that remains a mere dream for all our competitors. Thank you all!

After that fiery speech, everyone goes back to work with renewed resolve to seek out more correlations and generate new quadrant diagrams!

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5 thoughts on “The Magical Quadrants

  1. Hi Raghu,

    Nice to see how you have (over/under)played Covey’s Time Management grid to get to the facts of your humor! Kudos for the same! Covey’s quadrant places ‘I’ as the ultimate level of achievement, but I can see the satire in your arguments.

    In places like CA lawn is a luxury, but bigwigs like FB, Google et al. certainly make sure their acreage covers a considerable portion of the space with grass! That we see employees with their incontinent pets creating a ruckus on the greenery and the ubiquitous owner with a gloved plastic cover (to pick up the remnants of the past meal) has been accepted as a tenet of living in the Bay Area!

    But Reality apart, your satire on the subject is a good revelation of what/how corporate management can make mountains of well…fill in the necessary words 🙂
    Venky

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