Visionary leaders often follow a simple formula to succeed. To avoid getting swamped by details they select independent, result-driven managers, train them, clarify goals and deliverables, and get out of the way. Then they track progress. But how do you recognize managers who create ever-widening unhappiness, friction, turf fights, turnover and missed deadlines?
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Here are four common examples of such problem managers: - see the original article for details.
- Weaklings and avoiders act as if their motto is, “If they don’t like me they’ll fight me, but if they like me they’ll work hard for me.”
- Bullies try to succeed thinking, “The beatings will continue until productivity and morale improve.”
- Turf protectors believe, “What’s good for me is good for everyone.”
- Snooping Puppet Masters seem to think, “Success depends on manipulating, blackmailing or destroying the competition.”
Leaders can see these problems in missed deadlines, high absenteeism, turnover and transfer rate, in exit interviews from a particular department or in anonymous suggestions and internal dissatisfaction surveys. They might hear about them from an executive assistant, trusted manager or brave employee. Discerning leaders will notice turf battles at budget meetings or looks passed around the table behind one manager’s back.
What can visionary leaders do? You have more than enough on your plate and you can’t waste time in details trying to decide which of the fighting children is right. But if you ignore the problems, they’ll grow into disasters.
The two key steps for stimulating change are: - see the original article for details.
- Be clear and firm: The manager must change or else.
- Bring in a consultant/coach to evaluate and act as the turn-around agent.
These problem managers will need:
- Continued pressure to change.
- Specific, individualized plans for how to succeed with a new approach.
- Cue cards for exactly what to say and do in initial, small steps.
- Expert guidance to help them pick the best situations to begin with.
- Plans for consistency and perseverance; other people will distrust their new approach.
- Behavioral signposts to measure progress.
- Frequent review, counseling and independent checks to see that they’ve actually done what they claim.
Often, these problem managers can help themselves by telling other people that they are trying to change and will have to see success with their new approach. Under these conditions, managers who want to continue rising in their companies can change their ways.
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