‘Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.’ Vince Lombardi
Of all the reasons people leave companies, having a bad manager tops the list. According to Gallup polls, a full 50% of employees who quit cite their manager as the reason. Don't Be Surprised When Your Employees Quit, Jack Altman Forbes.com
This is not new information nor is it simple to fix. The easiest solution for companies would be selecting candidates that are a ‘good fit’ to be a successful manager. That alone would help reduce employees from quitting bosses.
Based upon our conversations with clients and prospects over the years we see several approaches: some are diligently working on it with good processes, others do not accept or acknowledge the problem, a few are hoping it magically disappears on its own, while others are using strategies that will not work. What camp are you in? If you are trying to fix this and it’s not working, we can help. If you want to address it, we can help.
Warren Buffet was asked what he looks for in a manager. “We look for three things: intelligence, energy and integrity. If they don’t have the latter, then you should hope they don’t have the first two either.” We agree and would add a few more personality traits to his list. Integrity and Intelligence are a must, but without the proper personality traits you’ll be grinding a square peg into a round hole.
We have conducted well over 1,000 position studies with top, average and bottom performers for managers and other positions. ‘Good fit’ is a broad term. What do we mean by ‘good fit’? In our business, a ‘good fit’ would be the candidate’s scores on the assessment match or closely match traits for above average performers. This information plus other information that you discover on the candidate will increase your odds of selecting the best candidate that applies or is considered from within.
After you select the right person, then you’ll need to train, coach, mentor, invest and develop them so that they can meet their full potential. Learning how to manage people is not easy and it doesn’t happen overnight.
If you want to know what attributes we typically find as ‘key’ for a managers success to avoid being a statistic in a future Gallup poll, please contact us. One of these measures not mentioned is very important.
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