Who’s job is it to keep managers happy? We might say it is the job of company’s leadership team. What does it mean to keep or make managers happy though? It is about creating and maintaining an exciting and rewarding work environment, helping them to achieve their objectives, helping them to create harmony with the team, to express and leverage their talents and the talents of their teams.
The main difference is that managers are usually highly capable individuals. They don’t need to be told what to do. They might need encouragement and energy. They need role models on how to lead and create value. This is the challenging job of leadership teams.
We often work closely with top teams in order to support their efforts and also to enable them to work as one team. Our main focus in these cases is to
- Help them understand where they and their teams stand in terms of performance and creativity. Awareness is a “must” at this level.
- Become more appreciative of their own and their teams achievements. Appreciating and praising positive contributions is key for a “happy working environment”
- Focus on the strengths rather than the shortcomings. Investing in talent seems to be a better investment than trying to fix things.
- Gain a more “big picture” view of things and determine next steps.