Mind-Reading for Managers

At Sandia National Laboratories researchers are working on a new technology that helps managers read the minds of their employees. This is supposed to help the managers assign tasks more effectively, gain insight into their employees’ states of mind, and achieve higher human performance. Technologies of this nature are useful for creating what I call “group minds.” But I think this technology should go both ways — there should be something that enables employees to read the minds of their managers too (or actually something that helps employees determine whether their managers even have minds!). Generally poor human performance on teams has more to do with bad management than bad employees.