“The manager may be accountable for output, but, what if the behavior of the team member is not productive and needs to be changed?” I asked.
“It often happens,” Pablo replied. “The path is not to change the behavior of the team member, but to build the system that creates the behavior necessary for productivity.”
“So, you are implying that you can change a person’s behavior?”
“Absolutely, change the context, change the system and behavior follows.”
“If we subscribe to this thinking, what should we expect?” I wanted to know.
“This understanding breathes life into the organization. Managers are now expected to anticipate, have alternate plans, in short, be prepared to respond to variable conditions. This, instead of watching over shoulders, micro-managing and blaming the team.”