When Bad Managers Shouldn’t Be Retained

Companies seem to try everything imaginable to fix their workplaces, except the only thing that matters: Naming the right person manager.

Effectiveness is a legitimate concern when it comes to management. 

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  1. Identify specific not general indicator of measuring success and effectiveness.
  2. Leave nothing to chance.
  3. Periodically preferably weekly, monthly and quarterly review the performance of your managers.
  4. Measure the effectiveness of the manager in building relationships with customers as well as the safety, training, communication needs of the employees. Essentially how well does he or she engage employees.
  5. How well does this engagement impact top line growth?

Jim Clifton CEO and Chairman of Gallup has approached engagement form the standpoint of management effectiveness. If I may, this is a worthy treatise to examine:

Leaders go to seminars, hire consultants, and employ a long list of interventions — competencies, 360s, and so forth. I don’t think any of them work. What’s worse, nobody really cares that they don’t work.

Most CEOs I know honestly don’t care about employees or take an interest in human resources. Sure, they know who their stars are — but it ends there. Since the people in the corner offices don’t care, they never put much pressure on their HR departments to get their workplace cultures right, and this allows HR to implement all kinds of development and succession strategies that don’t work.  

The results of this indifference and ineffectiveness have become significant. Gallup reported in two large-scale studies that only 30% of U.S. employees are engaged at work, and a staggeringly low 13% worldwide are engaged. Worse, over the past 12 years, these low numbers have barely budged, meaning that the vast majority of employees worldwide are failing to develop and contribute at work.

Why is that? Gallup estimates that managers account for 70% of variance in employee engagement scores across business units. When managers have real management talent, workgroups develop and win customers. When managers don’t have that talent, human development freezes and workgroups fail. 

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Now, here’s a truly frightening number Gallup has uncovered: Companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time. Those companies are wasting time and resources attempting to train bad managers to be who they’re not. Nothing fixes the wrong pick.

There’s a reason for this — authentic management talent is very rare. Gallup research shows that just one in 10 have the natural, God-given talent to manage. Those gifted people know how to motivate every individual on their team; boldly review performance; build relationships; overcome adversity; and make decisions based on productivity, not politics. A manager with no real talent for the job will deal with workplace problems through manipulation and unhelpful office politics, because they lack the inner personal courage required to manage teams effectively.  

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Jim Woods, Leadership speaker, Human Resources Consultant, Business Coach

Jim Woods is a leadership development and training consultant deploying his unique abilities in character based training and strategy.

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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