This post is based on an actual list of expectations 75 middle managers of a large company asked me to convey to their senior executives. The wording and the order of the 10 items are exactly in their words – I haven’t edited them. Interesting that they didn’t feel it was safe to pass the message on themselves.
Since then I have used this list in workshops over many years. The response I always get is “Yeah, I wish my boss did these things, but they hardly do even one or two of them.” Any manager who understands these 10 things and acts on them will substantially improve their relationship with their team and their team’s performance. How do you stack up?
Action Step: Start anywhere on this list and do something about it today, however small. Just asking your peoples’ opinion about one item, like “when you are successful at something on your job – how do you like to be recognized? In person? In private? With a certificate, a pizza, a round of applause…? What would make you feel appreciated?” Listen to their answer – you are likely to be surprised.
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Every hour you spend in meetings maintaining the status quo is an hour spent as a manager.
Every hour you spend enabling your people to challenge, change, and improve the status quo is an hour spent as a leader.
Both are necessary. It’s a matter of priority and balance.
Here's how most managers spend their time...
The memo below is real. It has parts redacted to mask the source. But it is an actual memo that was distributed to all employees of a regional office of a large, 50+ year old, international company. With great difficulty, I'm going to resist any commentary. See what you think. Where does this rank on your weird scale?
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