“I’m a structure guy,” Pablo said. “When you think about effective managerial leadership, I think the focus is on the structure.”
“It’s not on charisma, likeability, luck?” I asked, knowing the answer.
Pablo gave me a knowing smile. “The first key area for any manager, is to design and build the team. Individual achievement is a myth. If you want to create something great, it takes a team, a collection of teams, organized to get work done.”
“Before I do anything else, I have to build the team?” I wanted to know.
“Before you build the team, you have to design it,” Pablo continued. “That’s where most companies make their first missteps. As time goes by, there is too much to do, always work left over. Someone has a brilliant idea, let’s hire some more people. And, they do this without any thought of the overall design of the team to get work done.”
“So, first I have to think about the work?”
“And, not just task assignments, we have to figure out what problems must be solved and what decisions have to be made. With that, then we have to determine the level of problem solving and the level of decision required on the team, to make sure when we start to match up the people, we can select the right ones.”