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Are You Playing Touch Football Management?

Leanne Hoagland-Smith

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Are you a small business owner or a C-Level executive with managers that report to you? Do you ever feel that sometimes you are playing touch football and must do an end run around your own managers?

With many businesses, owners and upper level executives want to keep their management team because good help is hard to find. Yet, these same managers create additional problems for the these executives. And simultaneously, these individuals are intentionally or unintentionally enabling these poor managers.

Recently, I one of my business owner clients with $30 million in sales told me that he wished he did not need to do an end run around his managers. After he said this, I asked him to explain what he meant by this comment. After hearing his response, I asked him “Does this make sense given that you are paying these people to manage others?" “No, " he replied.

What his managers and many other managers lacked were the necessary self leadership skills demanded in today's knowledge economy where brute force is no longer the manager's weapon of choice. 21st century managers need to maximize their own mental capacities through thinking intensive activities such as decision making, problem solving, communication and collaboration to manage their subordinates.

Also, business owners need to establish a performance appraisal system where managers are held accountable for their performance and the performance of their departments. For business owners need to invest their time in thinking intensive activities that will help the organization move forward in the future. Of course, this means the business needs a strategic plan .

Finally, given all the change in the world, maybe it is time to consider some additional business training to coaching to help you become a better leader and manager.

When they, the business owners, are doing end runs around their management team, they are probably dealing with yesterday's and today's problems. Future growth is not currently on their plate and the future is exactly where they need to be focused.

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