The definition of “engaged” is to be busy with some activity. Occupied, committed, involved. So disengaged would be just the opposite. Not busy, occupied, committed, or involved. Unfortunately, many managers who consider themselves to be very engaged in their employees’ activities are actually not so engaged after all.
Why don’t we utilize our management teams the way we play scramble golf? Why do we put people into roles that they are clearly not qualified for or experienced enough to be able to handle? Why don’t we implement a scramble management concept?
Managing employees is not easy. I have said this numerous times in numerous blog posts and articles. In order to manage and coach employees, you have to want to manage and coach employees. And if you actually want to manage and coach employees, you will do what you need to do in order to become better at the task at hand. One thing is for sure, managing by the seat of your pants doesn’t work!
If you have ever traveled the Underground in London, you will have seen signs and announcements to “mind the gap.” Some platforms on the London Underground are curved and the railroad cars that use the platforms are straight, thus a gap is created when a train stops at a curved platform. “Mind the Gap” warns passengers of the risk of sustaining injury by stepping into the gap.
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines a mentor as a “trusted counselor or guide.” It is generally someone who has been through what you are currently going through. It is someone who has the experience and the ability to utilize that experience to guide someone who is less experienced. It is someone who can take the “book learning” and apply it to real-life situations.
If you’ve ever hired anyone, you know that hiring is more of an art than a science. You simply can’t make it a totally objective process. There are ways to make it as objective as possible, and these should definitely be used; however, much of it comes down to subjectivity and our own inert biases.
“First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.” —Leo Rosten
Is there a better way for businesses to find good candidates? I think there is. Given that all businesses try to run lean and mean, and many companies just don’t have bandwidth to truly vet candidates, here are six things to consider trying when you are looking for your next employee.
At some point in our careers, many of us will be promoted to management. Getting promoted to management in most cases means that we are now in charge of managing people. Very seldom are people totally prepared for what it takes to manage a group of people with different personalities, goals, challenges, and attitudes.
We have all hired new employees from time to time in our careers. We have probably also let employees go or have had employees quit for better opportunities. In either case, we have to replace the person who left. Very seldom, if ever, do we think about what that costs.
There are many books out there about leadership and leading. There are classes, programs, articles, workshops, websites, and companies that specialize in leadership training. They all provide good information but like anything else, it’s what you do with the information that counts.