I had asked, “In terms of how they relate to their team, what is the job of a manager? What does a manager need to do?”
Some of the responses were…
–Encourage and motivate
–Give them tasks
–Have those difficult conversations
–Hold them accountable
–Help them work together
and many more.
Then I said
“There is one overarching task that subsumes and informs all of these and it is…
Help their team be the best they can be, and do the best job they can do.”
There was a moment’s silence, and then they all nodded as it sunk in.
If you are a manager, how would things change if this was your ‘prime directive’?
If you are being managed, how do you think things would change if your manager has this as a ‘prime directive’?
My best wishes, Paul
By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle”
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times”
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