One of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits is sharpening the saw. If you run a business or manage people you can take this concept and not only apply it to yourself, you can also apply it to the people that work for you. Last week, I talked about an article that was written that extolled the virtues of how managers get in the way of success. The real question is whether or not management is truly to blame for productivity. Today I want to look at another reason why management fail to get results.
Have you ever bought something and not taken care of it? I have and I know other people who have. If you have ever tried to use a knife that wasn’t sharp or drive a car without oil (don’t judge me) then you know that if you don’t take care of your things then they don’t work as well as they should.
Managers are no different. We promote a star employee to manager and then let that new manager figure things out on their own. In fact, I am extremely familiar with that because I was once in this position. I was promoted to manager at a young age, was arrogant and thought that I had it all figured out. What I learned was that I didn’t and that I sucked at being a manager. What I also realized was that my company wasn’t necessarily going to give me all of the tools that I needed so I had to get help if I was going to succeed.
What would happen if we took these same new leaders, like myself in the above situation, and actually trained them to be effective in their new roles? Had I had some support and training early on it would have sped up my learning curve dramatically. We need managers and leaders with emotional intelligence, humility, drive and the ability to collaborate with others. These things can be taught at varying levels. For most companies, their management training program consists of people working in the job until they can prove that they can do an above average job. Then they get promoted to manager. After that it’s more of a choose your own adventure with the choices being sink or swim.
Can managers get in the way of success? Absolutely. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Take the time and train your leaders how to manage people in a way that inspires those around them to want to work hard for their teams. Prepare your leaders for success and watch the results they get.
If you are a business owner who wants more effective managers or you want to take your management to the next level, reach out to me here and let’s set up a time to talk about what I can do for you and your team.