A manager’s role is to build successful teams that deliver the business. We aim to seek for higher and higher performances from those we encourage, cajole and develop.
How do we keep them all happy?
We strive to create refined, capable people to inhabit our teams. The results we seek cannot be delivered by us alone, because simply we cannot do it by ourselves.
Like the soccer coach – the results come from those who cross that white line for us. All the plays the team practice during the week, are for nothing if they don’t deliver ‘when Saturday comes’ – as they say!
As managers we have to hone their skills, tactics and flair for then.
Yet what happens to our people when we’re done developing them. When they can grow no more in the circumstances that we are in a position to offer them?
Indeed is it possible that they can grow no more with us at their helm? Could that be possible?
The simple answer is – of course they can reach a peak in the team we have them in; with the support and challenge we help them with.
And sometimes, when they achieve that zenith, we have to make the more courageous decision to let them fly off and seek a new level of opportunity, to make the next leap.
Successful management is not simply about building a team that serves us well. It’s much bigger than that.
When we help create fulfilled employees, the bigger picture is where we have to be brave and let them go.
We have to celebrate the success they achieve with us and – where this is what they want – prepare them for a bigger stage to explore and reach for the next level, with our support and enthusiasm.
In soccer, managers of smaller teams strive to create better and better players for the good of the team and then, whilst it may be a sad time, encourage them on to bigger teams; new arenas and bigger opportunities.
That’s where the bigger managers stand out – loving the growth they see and then accepting – no, encouraging – their people to be the most they can – even when that means moving on.