This newsletter’s focus has always been providing practical advice to help you be a better manager. But occasionally it pays to look at the bigger picture of what it means to do the job. It helps put all the advice in context and guides us through the unpredictable challenges the role throws up.
This week, we came across a couple of pieces which do exactly that.
‘It's really important to recognize that a manager's job is not to manage people.’
Seems contradictory, but it’s a very valuable observation.
Her point was that successful managers don’t try to control individuals directly. People hate that style of management. What we actually ‘manage’ are not people, but things like processes, projects, time, resources, and information to create the right working environment for our teams to excel.