Why Don't We Managers Get It?



Why don’t we managers get it?  There is a quote of the great coach John Wooden that says, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”  I always tried to keep this quote in front of me whenever the time pressures of work started causing me to shortcut certain job responsibilities. 

Becoming an effective manager is not something we are born with, it takes effort, understanding and learning.  In other words effective leadership requires work, as much work and training as an athlete getting ready to compete.  Unfortunately most of us do not view it that way.  We are so focused on getting a specific job done and then moving on to the next job we fail to understand that focusing on our employees is the key to getting things done.

Countless research studies show that employees who are engaged in their job are more productive and stay longer at their companies and yet do we really take the time to understand how to keep our employees engaged? 

People look to their managers, not just to assign them a task, but to define for them a purpose. Managers must organize workers, not just to maximize efficiency, but to nurture skills, develop talent and inspire results.

Modern Survey, an information gatherer and human capital trend analyst, reported that 67% of respondents were either under engaged or disengaged.  This is an amazing statistic that we seem to either ignore or discount.  Imagine how much more productive our company, our division, our branch, our group would be if everyone was truly engaged in their work.  If we are to truly become exceptional leaders and effective managers we must understand what really motivates our employees and not assume that it is the same as what motivates us. 

What are you doing to improve your leadership skills?  How much time are you spending to learn how to become a more effective manager and communicator?  What will you do differently next week to improve the productivity of your team?  If after reading this you go about your job without changing something then reflect upon Albert Einstein’s definition of INSANITY, “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”  Isn’t it time for you to begin your management workout?  Learn what it takes to become an effective leader in today’s world; there are so many tools to help you but you must take the first step and begin the journey.  It will require work and time but the payoff will be more than worth it.

Marcus Buckingham states in his book, First Break All the Rules, that “the manager role is to reach inside each employee and release his unique talents and performance.”  When we do this we are assured that our employees will become engaged and much more productive.