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This article was published on September 4, 2015


The magic hat theory of management

The magic hat theory of management
Mic Wright
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Mic Wright

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Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

The CEO has a magic hat that creates magic hats.

Every department head or budget holder has a magic hat. On some projects, one magic hat is more powerful than another.

The point of the magic hats is that everyone can see them and knows their particular power.

Those without magic hats are working to get one eventually. They need to get their spells in order and observe how the best magic hat owners use theirs.

A truly effective magic hat owner wields their magic carefully.

Steve Jobs wore a dark magic hat. Slack’s Stewart Butterfield uses his magic hat with care and spreads the magic around.

What kind of magic hat do you own? Or would your staff decide you’re actually a magic twat?