There’s something in the water because I’ve run into several instances in the last week where people have become new managers. I’ve managed folks in many different capacities over the years including soccer teams/ organizations to consulting project teams and to direct management like today.
There’s an art and science to management of people, and as I think back to those who have managed me (or do still), the key ingredients include authenticity, trust, and goals/ challenges.
Here are some thoughts on management and accompanying books I recommend:
  • Maximize total motivation (TOMO) by implementing the Play, Purpose, and Potential motives while mitigating Emotional, Economic, and Inertia motives. (Check out Primed to Perform.)
  • Understand the role of culture as the “invisible hand”. Build a culture that enables emergent opportunities while mitigating “slippery slopes”. (Check out How Will You Measure Your Life.)
  • Managing a team requires a leader to effectively communicate, trust, and delegate responsibilities. (Check out Leadership Moment.)
  • Coaching is key to develop successful executers today and tomorrow. It’s how leaders enable C players to become B players, B players to A places, and beyond. (Check out Challenger Sale.)

Leading and managing a team can be difficult, and it doesn’t make sense that just because you’re good at something, you should be leading others. How well you lead them also goes beyond how you impact them directly. Effective leadership is best assessed by the downstream effects of those your team member end up leading. Management is surely one of the hardest and noblest tasks you can do. Be prepared.

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