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The Most Powerful Management Trick

Posted on the 01 November 2011 by Shrinkingthecamel

The Most Powerful Management TrickI was hunkered down the other day in a windowless conference room with three colleagues, discussing what we enthusiastically refer to at my company as “Talent Management.”

You might think this means we were busy charting Hollywood careers, or perhaps determining how our employees might stack up in an entertainment competition. But no, it’s just the glammed-up version of the function formerly known as Human Resources.

We were considering the promotion of a superstar employee from analyst to department manager.

“You should see this guy whip through a spreadsheet model,” said one.

“He’s the smartest analyst on the team,” declared another.

“Plus he plays a mean blues riff on the guitar,” spoke the third.

As the room swelled with praise for this young man’s astute analytical capabilities, I interjected an innocent-enough question: “Sure, he’s got killer technical skills, but how is he with, you know, people?

The room fell silent as they began to ponder the obvious.

It’s the oldest story in the business book: Superstar worker gets promoted to manager. He has no people skills, whatsoever. No one ever explains what the leader’s role is supposed to look like. And, voila! Not only do you lose a star performer, but you gain a bad manager.

There goes the team.

If you want to learn the Greatest Management Trick, click here to keep reading the rest of this post over at The High Calling!

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