The view on the role of Manager is a relic of yesterday’s thinking and practice in management. It’s an industrial revolution hangover that is ripe for retirement to a museum display. The label and old meaning don't hunt in a digital world.
I regularly talk with managers and leaders who believe they are grinding harder but getting nowhere. One described himself as working in quicksand: "The more hours I spend and the harder I push, the faster we are sinking. I need to do something different." Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt this way. Here are ideas to help you adjust your approaches and regain control:
New managers are the front-end of our leadership pipelines. And, they face a daunting challenge in shifting from contributor/producer to manager. They need help, coaching, training, and on-going support, and that's often hard to come by in our time-stressed worlds.
There's a great deal we don't get right in our organization when developing our first-time managers. Peel the layers of the onion and ultimately, you find a fatal flaw in the nature of the promoting manager to new manager relationship. Here are some ideas to fix that flaw:
Your assumption that they're busy doing top-leader things and don't want to hear from you is partially flawed. Most senior leaders I've worked with and around love to hear from individuals at all levels. Here are five ideas to help you think differently about engaging with your organization's top leaders:
Fear, self-doubt, and the tendency to catastrophize situations are your adversaries as a leader. The essence of life is overcoming challenges. Instead of allowing your negative emotions to rule you, engage in a little self-trickery and reset and reframe the negatives to positives.
Effective decision-making demands discipline and process. A good starting point is asking yourself and your team some key questions.
There's never been a better time to help yourself or your team members move from good-to-great and add the skills essential for success in what will be a still-challenging world filled with new opportunities. Here's our Spring 2021 Professional Development Catalog:
The point in time when you step into a new leadership role is simultaneously exciting and uncomfortable. Your start-up as the new boss is the early-awkward phase for everyone involved. Here are six steps to help you start strong with your new team:
It turns out, learning to spot and seize gray-zone opportunities is a spectacularly great way to get ahead in your career.