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Manage to Engage


Aug 12, 2019

In the last episode, I asked you what management might look like when a parent wants their child to put away their laundry – a tale as old as time, or at least woven fabric.

 

Because, if your parents regularly remind you to do things, over and over, you will probably become a manager who nags their employees. The nagging from your parent made you resent them at the time, then later, you nagging your employees causes them to resent you

 

Worse than that, when you supervise someone, you are assuming the worst of that person – you are assuming they aren’t willing or able to change – and the only thing you get in return is the feeling that you’re exerting your power on another person. That exertion of control, then, only breeds more resentment and elicits more childish behavior.

 

So, in the end, supervision is a lose-lose scenario, which is why I’m going to offer you a solution – a tool you can use to transition from supervision to management, as well as an assignment that will help you contextualize what using this tool will look like in your life.

 

But fair warning: it’s not going to be easy.


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