Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 17, 2012
They are sometimes viewed as "caught in the middle."
And for good reason. Senior leaders above them impose strategy that they are required to implement, and the team members who work for them look up for direction and support.
Meet the middle manager.
Now, most middle managers I know are enthusiastic, smart, and able, but there are several challenges that they face that usually go unseen.
Challenge 1: They are expected to rollout strategy without clarity of a clear vision and goals from senior leadership.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 15, 2012
I have written in the past about how "vision" often alludes leaders. "I'm not visionary" is something I often hear in my leadership development programs.
As a result, leaders often fail to create and communicate a vision and instead develop project plans and product road maps. These are important tools, but they are management tools. They are tools for controlling what is happening today. I don't know anyone who was ever inspired by a project plan or a product road map.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on March 13, 2012
I am amazed at how many leaders don't know the cost of losing good people. They often only associate administrative costs, recruiting costs, and interviewing time toward the overall impact when a good person leaves.
The challenge is that the true costs are so much more.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on February 22, 2012
A great way to develop as a leader is to practice. Yes, literally practice.
For example, if you have found that you struggle being courageous in meetings, find some low risk opportunities to speak up. Practice.
Or, if you just go along for the sake of getting along, find a low risk opportunity to challenge the status quo. Practice.
Or, if you doubt yourself and defer to others, sit up straight and look the part unit there is no doubt. Practice.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on February 9, 2012
Do your conversations typically start with "can" or "can't?"
One generates dialogue. The other shuts it down.
If you answered "it depends," you fall into the "can't" category.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on January 7, 2012
The first week of January is over. Are your people aligned?
Is every team member, from your front line employee to supervisor to mid-level manager and above, clear about the strategic direction of the organization? In most companies, it’s well into the calendar year before team members understand the vision and strategy. If this is the case on your team, you'll probably notice a lack of clarity, confusion and unspoken expectations. The business results you'll experience are lost productivity, low employee engagement, and missed opportunities.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on January 4, 2012
Let’s face it; we all need help along the way.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 28, 2011
If you have been following my last few posts, I have been setting you up for this goal setting article.
With guiding principles to help steer you in the right direction and a bold and audacious attitude, you are ready to establish the goals that will help you generate the life you desire and deserve.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 24, 2011
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
From everyone at 5.12 Solutions - we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a reminder of the beauty of your dreams.
Submitted by Sal Silvester on December 10, 2011
In a recent post, I mentioned that we all respond to our environment in a natural way. Sometimes our responses produce effective, long-term results. Other times, our responses are short-term and reactive. I compared two stances in life - a Problem-Reacting Stance and an Outcome-Creating stance.