seagull approach

seagull approach

business slang A management style or approach in which the manager only becomes involved in a matter when a problem is perceived to have arisen, especially when they have little other knowledge about said matter and only cause more problems as a result of their involvement. I'm sick of this new boss's seagull approach. If he would just let us get on with our work instead of swooping in every time there's a hiccup, we'd nearly be finished by now!
See also: approach, seagull
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Unfortunately, asset owners might be nominally committed to providing the freedom to act recommended by Marv, but in practice, they tend to adhere to the "seagull approach." The seagull approach is a term coined by an especially gifted -- and now former -- endowment CIO who grew weary of having his trustees arrive for their regular meetings with little recollection of their commitment to empower staff.
In the hilarious clip, the seagull approaches the glass doors slowly, before heading inside to quickly peck at the crisps - and before you know it, it's off.