“We need to be acting more quickly!”. You hear this and are excited by the prospect of speed becoming your competitive advantage, but the next moment someone’s created another process for approvals or decision-making that adds complexity and consumes more time. You throw up arms in frustration and disbelief but happily don’t throw up your lunch.
Consider what managers do every day. According to Peter Drucker and every manager I know, they make sure they and everyone reporting to them do things right. That means having processes, structures, metrics, and applying best practices. Studying the past, analyzing competitors and the market. Being in control of what’s going on (aka micro-managing), fixing what’s broken, resolving issues, dealing with problems. Operating in an authority based command and control hierarchical structure. Nothing wrong with any of that; it’s worked for hundreds of years, except that it’s not good enough in a hyper-speed, hyper-competitive, organizationally transforming business environment. Further, our exaggerated “results now” business environment expects you to better make your numbers this month, quarter and year. So there’s little patience for leadership or cultural transformations that…
- Will take months or years to change
- Means a focus on “soft” skills
- May detract from proven management practices
- Lack clear metrics
But wait you say, our managers should be engaging their employees more effectively, creating a more empowering environment. And you say you want a culture that’s more entrepreneurial (aka open-minded, risk-tolerant, nimble, fast, etc). So as good and capable managers we layer these soft topics onto our hard disciplines of management and discover without surprise that little if anything changes. Managers manage the way they’ve always managed. Senior management continues to demand more. And employees continue to do their jobs the way they’ve always done it.
In some ways managers are victims of the authority based command and control hierarchical structure they’ve grown up in and can’t see another way because candidly, senior management has reinforced throughout time that “this is the way we do things around here”. In this mustn’t miss, highly entertaining, paradigm shifting 5-minute video you’ll better understand how leadership isn’t an event but a journey. Heck, if you’ve read this far you owe it to yourself to watch this.
This is precisely why the work we do is all about the journey. Yes we have amazing training programs and workshops, but these are events that need help sticking with wannabe leaders.
- That’s why we offer Leadership Fitness Camp; a 12-module, 12-month, 1-hour per month online webinar series so you get your monthly dose of leadership fitness.
- That’s why we insist our clients enlist our Coaching services as a way to make transformation happen with key managers over the duration of the coaching journey.
- And that’s why we work strategically with senior management and CEO’s to drive significant change in their organizations toward the vision or mandate that’s crucial for them.
Sceptical? Intrigued or curious? Doesn’t matter. Please reach out to me and we’ll come up with the best way for you.