Original Article: PDF OnlyCoping with default managementMcConnell, Charles R.Author Information Vice President for Employee Services The Genesee Hospital Rochester, New York Health Care Supervisor: June 1995 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - p 77-86 Buy Abstract Management by default occurs when a manager fails to act on a given situation, ignores a problem, or simply “lets things happen.” It can be unconsciously following the path of least resistance; it can be consciously deciding not to decide. It is owing largely to displaced priorities. Whatever its form, it causes staff to lose time and it leads them into risky situations when they attempt to compensate for default. However, the risks and frustrations caused for staff by default management can be minimized by an assertive communications posture in dealing with one's manager. While almost always representing an undesirable working circumstance, default management can nevertheless be approached by the subordinate as a potential source of challenge and satisfaction. © Williams & Wilkins 1995. All Rights Reserved.