At any given time, across the globe, thousands of management hours are being expended on training courses.
Managers are being taught everything from the latest employment law to time management and from strategic planning to corporate and social responsibility.
But how many managers struggle from one day to the next with that most testing of their responsibilities, managing… and in particular, managing people?
The simple answer—plenty. In fact, probably most of them.
I know some managers in a late stage in their careers who reflect, sometimes with surprise as if it’s never occurred to them before, on the fact that they have never attended so much as one training course on the art of people management. It’s as if managing people is something they’re expected to have acquired by osmosis or divine intervention… or simple instinct.
So, back from their time management training, they continue to be worried by Fred, whose negative attitude and undermining asides at departmental meetings consume so much energy (and time).
And fully versed in putting together their strategic plans, they remain distracted by Fiona’s refusal to fulfil the requirements of her job description and reluctance to co-operate with her immediate colleagues and those in other departments.
Which is a shame. Because the collective wisdom of how to deal with these and other perennial management challenges is out there, no doubt already decanted into the right kind of training courses and ready to be shared with all the struggling managers in the world.
As a top priority, put your struggling managers together with the right training courses.
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