Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Top 10 Reasons Your Management Training Sucks

** New Release - A Kindle Short **

I'll tell you right off the bat, I struggled with using the word sucks. I really don't like it. My boomer corporate sensibilities were being trigger thinking of the title. I shared it with my husband - a fellow business owner - he chuckled and said, "Yep, makes the point. That's good."

I decided to use it because I feel so passionate about companies having great management, I felt I needed something to attract attention to this relentless, pervasive issue. 

I know that the head of SHRM this year, Johnny Taylor, has included this as a spotlight issue...I've been addressing it for 20+ years!

I do believe many decision-makers - business owners, founders, senior leaders and their HR partners are aware this is a need. And yet, the money spent to address it doesn't reflect the seriousness required.

Knowing about something and doing something about it are 2 different things.

There is a huge corporate, business blind spot when it comes to management training. Have you noticed it? It's evident by the relentless stories about incompetent managers or one more person added to the pool of the promoted with no training or support. 

And, it truly defies common sense. Managers have a direct impact on all parts of a business! Yet statistically, there is dramatically more money spent on recruiting - acquiring talent - than ensuring those managing that talent are capable! 

So, we just have to ask the obvious question. Why?

After 22+ years in the industry - from my years of observation - I decided to write this short e-book to answer that question. Honestly, it was a challenge to narrow it down to 10. So, I chose the 10 that if addressed, would be simple to act on and have the broadest positive financial impact. 

So, If you’re a decision-maker regarding management training and development, this will be the most powerful and profitable piece of content you’ll read in a while - that is… if you act on the information. 

You'll find it to be direct and straight to the point. In fact, many pages will have just a few words - perfect for the busy speed reader. Ha! 

How to Get It 
1. Email me for a complimentary pdf version: joann@manageglobal.solutions (or)
2. Amazon - if you're Kindle Unlimited, it's free - if not $2.99 (the best few bucks you'll ever spend!)

This e-book has 3 sections. The first is the top reasons why. Then, if you really care…if it really matters…if you really are tired of ad hoc, trial and error, throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks attempts at training that really don't work, Section 2 will help you calculate the potential cost of not having effective training – which most folks don’t know how to do.

And then…I hope that will be eye-opening and motivating enough to act on the solutions and recommended resources provided in Section 3. This section has proven solutions so that you can confidently take immediate action. They will absolutely get you meaningful, measurable financial results. Section 3 also contains some bonus articles you won't want to skip.

By the way, we call the “throw it up against the wall” approach the spaghetti method. There is also the spray and pray method...spray out a bunch of information - information dumps - and pray they get it…hopefully…at least something.

Just thinking here…hope is not a rational business strategy …#justsayin. How about we override hope with practical information and meaningful action!  Enjoy the read!

1. Email me for a complimentary pdf version: joann@manageglobal.solutions (or)
2. Amazon - if you're Kindle Unlimited, it's free - if not $2.99 (the best few bucks you'll ever spend!)

Got any questions or comments - don't hesitate connect: 
Em: joann@manageglobal.solutions 
And...feel free to share it with anyone you think would find it of value. 

By the way, if you're an Amazon fan and have an Echo or Alexa - you can access our mini-podcast Your Smart Management Moment via Alexa's Flash Briefings.

Exciting News! // We're excited to launch our new digital arm - Manage Global. To compliment our global reach with our LinkedIn Learning courses, we're offering a compelling resource - The Smart Management Blueprint that can be accessed and implemented in any business environment, world-wide. It provides a step-by-step roadmap to simultaneously improve business and people management while developing competent managers. If you feel a need for improvement in any of these areas you'll want to learn more. Check it out here! => https://manageglobal.solutions

Monday, January 13, 2020

Do You Really Care About Your Leadership Results?

Does your leadership - your leadership brand - really matter to you? Are you the kind of leader that really cares about the needed results you were hired to achieve?

If you answered yes, that means you have the desire and intent to be effective. Effective simply means successful in producing a desired or intended result - and since we're talking business, I'm adding needed results.

For many leaders, being effective can feel like a moving target. It doesn't have to be nor should it be.
In fact it is your job (our job...including myself here) to make sure it is not. 

It also be confused with busy. Busy activity does not necessarily translate into being effective. Busy can create the illusion of meaningful action. And because many of us work in fast past businesses, this is pretty common and therefore imperative to make sure you are intentionally executing the elements of effectiveness.

A while back I picked up the book The Effective Executive. Several of my clients have adopted it into their learning and management portfolio. It is a simple, clear guide written by an early pioneer of corporate management - Peter Drucker. In it, he lays out he sees is required to be effective.

You know what? The elements are not hard. But, creating the disciplines - what he calls simple practices - may be. Why do I say that?

Because in my experience, creating any discipline - a fixed, solid reliable new habit - in any context can be a challenge...let alone when you are in the persistent midst of competing, clanging activity scraping for your attention. There are days...when that's what running or leading a business, team,  department or business unit feels like.


So, this is a huge challenge - particularly for new leaders in fast pace environments. How do you create needed disciplines to be effective in the midst of all that?

As I continue to work with leaders in a variety of enterprises from small to large, it's not surprising (for a variety of reasons) that some have difficulty leading and managing in a meaningful way.  They are swallowed up in learning how to run the business (operations), deal with people management issues or adapt to new responsibilities rather than being able to get out in front of it with consistent effective, execution.

For many, they feel as if the business is running them rather than they running the business.

So, as we move into the new year and roll out our new brand - Manage Global - we've decided that in addition to creating a single focus for management training and development, we're going to enhance that focus by including help in this area.

We want to help leaders, particularly those of small businesses and emerging executives of mid-size companies, to become effective in satisfying and meaningful ways. And this actually answers the earlier question...how do you develop disciplines in the midst of competing activity?...with help

We will help you develop the needed disciplines not only as Mr. Drucker suggested, but also those distinct for your business.

Want to test your effectiveness? - try a trial run with our 60 day cycle initiative The 3 Disciplines. This is a very cost effective launching pad to get your sea legs if you feel you're struggling. Test yourself! - take the challenge.

Of note, this initiative is the introduction and prelude to our Smart Management Blueprint containing all the elements - practices - Peter references in his books. We formulated those elements along with a few others we've experienced to be essential to business and people management and management development, into a step by step roadmap, embedded with behavioral science and financial measurements.

One Final Comment
In the many years I've been in the professional training and development industry, I've seen a persistent gap in senior leadership development. It goes from basic management to a gap to executive certificate programs at universities or 1/1 executive coaching... and there is quite a variety of executive "coaches" and programs.

Unless, a company has the resources and capacity to develop their own, there is little if any intentional, strategic development for pre-promotion or succession planning or on-boarding of a new or emerging executive - particularly addressing executive management effectiveness. Where appropriate, this is a gap we want to fill as well.

So check out The 3 Disciplines or email me joann@manageglobal.solutions if you have any questions. (Or, check out our smart management blueprint.)

We're here to support your success in anyway we can! Be well!

Additional post: Leadership Tip: Boost Your Impact - Be an Executive

Exciting News! // We're excited to launch our new digital arm - Manage Global. To compliment our global reach with our LinkedIn Learning courses, we're offering a compelling resource - The Smart Management Blueprint that can be accessed and implemented in any business environment, world-wide. It provides a step-by-step roadmap to simultaneously improve business and people management while developing competent managers. If you feel a need for improvement in any of these areas you'll want to learn more. Check it out here! => https://manageglobal.solutions