Michael Scott, the boss played by Steve Carell on NBC's "The Office," takes quirkiness and incompetence to new heights. As regional manager of the Scranton, Pa., branch of paper supply company Dunder-Mifflin, Michael demonstrates total ignorance of the rules of business and basic human interaction, all the while maintaining his sense of infallibility. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)
Here are some of the biggest mistakes Michael has made and what real bosses can learn from them.
1. Don't tell everyone the boat is sinking when it's not.
When Michael takes everyone on a booze cruise to motivate the team, he tries to make a point by pretending the ship is about to sink. Pandemonium ensues, a passenger dives overboard and the captain handcuffs Michael and banishes him to a far corner of the boat. Whether the boat you're referring to is real or just a metaphor, motivational speeches should not put everyone around you in panic mode. You don't want your employees or your clients jumping ship just because you like being the center of attention. Focus on something more positive.