Piss Poor Supervising Management Often Is Not Illegal! But It Should Be!
My wife and I started saying this many years ago and it fits so well in every organization. Now that I have been teaching at some colleges for several years I hope to help reduce the “Piss Poor” part with current and our future leaders.
To me there are four types of supervising managers (also called leaders, foremen, etc) they are as follows;
Great Supervising Managers (about 5%) there are a handful of these every generation; Good Supervising Managers (about 55%); those going between good and “Piss Poor” (about 15%); and finally those Piss Poor Supervising Managers (about 25%). It is the responsibility of the Great and Good Supervising Managers to mentor as many as possible from the Piss Poor group so they can become a good or great future supervising manager s themselves. Unfortunately most will not make it to the next level.
One of the first things to cover is that the job title does not make a good or great supervising manager it is the persons attitude and behavior that makes one. It is often said that about 80% of new supervising managers never had any supervisory training. I believe this to be very true.
Here is an all to common story.
An individual is told they are prompted effective the next day with no supervisory training. They go home and that night a magic occurs. While they are home sleeping all this experience and knowledge on supervision management seeps into their brain. The next day at work they start to change the world.
This is what the great and good supervising managers have to watch out for with any newly promoted supervising managers. If they see or hear of the above happening they need to step in and start coaching. Training, mentoring and a few years of experience at their new supervisory level may make most a good supervising managers, many will not reach the good level. We all need to remember not everyone is cut out to be a formal supervisor and there is nothing wrong with this.
Enough for this post, Please feel free to comment.