From the Ask Tom mailbag –
You described one role of a manager is to bring value to the decision making and problem solving of the team, collectively and individually. Let’s say I buy that. How does a manager do that? How does a manager bring that value?
The role of the manager is to bring value to the problem solving and decision making of the team. Easy to say, more difficult to do.
How does a manager bring that value?
I spend hundreds of hours each year coaching CEOs. You are not privileged to those 1-1 conversations, but can you imagine that I tell each of my clients how to run their business?
The answer is no, they wouldn’t listen to me anyway. So, how do I, or how does any manager bring value to that 1-1 conversation? When the level of work creeps up and there is uncertainty in decision making and problem solving, how does the manager bring value?
The most effective managers are not those who tell people what to do, but those who ask the most effective questions.