Until an organization transforms into a Holacratic one such as what Zappos recently announced, there will be managers. And the old expression still holds true, “People leave managers not organizations.”
Recently, our older son changed jobs because the incoming manager was a seasoned veteran, but a person of questionable character. He was publicly arrested at the place of business for a failure to appear warrant and had been involved in driving under the influence. Yet because of his tenure not his character, he was promoted to manager.
Then another executive coaching client from a Global Fortune 500 firm attended a regional sales meeting and her sales manager publicly berated her for not achieving any sales success. Of course, what he failed to mentioned is she was not allowed to leverage already existing relationships through another product line; she was not given any sales leads for this new vertical she was supposed to establish; marketing was some glossy brochures without any strategic alignment to the organization or ideal customers; she learned after she had been on the job for six months the best way to contact her sales manager was through email invitations/scheduling and her sales manager came in at 10 am and left at 2pm with at least a 90 minute lunch.
There are three basic reasons for managerial ineffectiveness:
#1 – Poor executive leadership as you know what rolls down hill
#2 – “Superworker” promoted into the “supervisor” or manager
#3 – Bad hiring practices
With many firms having at least three if not four or five different generations in the workplace, managers more than ever before require ongoing development to be able to secure the desired results. This development may begin by replacing the old competency model still used within the hiring and promotion practice and instead embrace a results model for overall leadership development.
A results model looks to the results first and then identifies what talents are needed to secure those results or as Steven Covey is so often quoted “Begin with the end in mind.” This model helps to explain why when asking 100 different people to name the top leader from their perspectives you will receive a plethora of responses.
Successful execution is achieved because those in managerial roles “follow a predetermined set of processes that LEAD to those outcomes.” (Source: Fail-Safe Leadership) Additionally a results based leadership model streamlines the execution to achieve the predetermined results and reduces missed execution because everyone is now rowing in the same direction, toward the same target.
Sometimes we fail to recognize individual has unique talents. Understanding the talents and then valuing those talents is what separates good talent management from less than effective talent management.
Good managers are all about securing the desired results through the efforts of others. Yet when the executive leadership is poor, when the manager is the super worker and when bad hiring practices exist, then Peter Drucker’s words still ring true:
“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work”.
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