So, how do we develop those who feel like they are standing still as we zoom around checking things off our list? We remind ourselves that professional development and employee investment are among the greatest gifts we are given as managers - to take a person from green to golden, to watch as he/she evolves, to allow for opportunity, and to shine a light on his/her achievements - is a gift.
What is occurring within companies that is creating an opportunity for such reckless and inappropriate behavior? Is it the modeling of actions that employees see among leadership, or perhaps the absence of a strong, leadership-driven corporate culture that fosters equality, education, and accountability.
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Managing the Monkeys- The Guilt Monkey
One of the biggest struggles most new managers deal with is learning how to transition from daily production of task-based work to big-picture, problem solving and oversight. I, too, struggled with this, as members of my team would ask “How do I…” “What should I … “ “Can you fix…” types of questions about their… Continue reading Series: Managing to Manage While Learning to Lead
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