The Current Challenge
There is nothing so useless as doing effectively that which should not be done at all. – Peter Drucker
Welcome to the ineffective…….”World of Perpetual Mediocrity”
Organizations land here because good employees get promoted to lead a team but are only asked to complete one or two standard company training courses designed primarily to cover some rudimentary knowledge and prevent them from getting the company sued. As stated above, they learn by trial and error instead of having an effective, comprehensive tool box from which to grow and learn. Because these new leaders were strong line employees, we “hope” they will figure things out but in the interim, they are learning bad habits which will then filter down to the next generation of leaders.
And these are the good managers!
Some will move to the next level as the potential starts of the organization simply because they avoided the pitfalls, didn’t burn out and/or were perhaps in the right place at the right time. The reality is that in most cases, all they did was survive. The good news is that once they have made it through the “survival of the fittest” gauntlet they may be high enough in the food chain to get the support and tools that would have helped them thrive early on – assessments, mentoring and perhaps some reactive “Executive Coaching”.
If you are like most companies, Executive Coaching is used as an observation, evaluation and correction tool for mid-level and senior level managers. Whether your company is trying to change ineffective behavior in “star” employees, provide managers with the tools to recognize and self correct short comings or develop management skills in order to move them to the next level, most coaches have a daunting task. In order to be successful, they must observe, create a space of self awareness, UNTRAIN and then retrain their clients. True Leadership is rarely if ever addressed or even discussed….
At Leadership on Speed we recommend a totally different approach.