The team recommends that to determine what makes managers great, we should consider these three questions:
1/ Do managers matter in your organisation? Explore external research and internal input like surveys or interviews to determine if people managers matter to your team members’ performance and happiness.
2/ If managers matter, whom do you need to convince and how? Google used internal data to convince engineers and leaders that managers matter.
How will you convince your organisation?
3/ What makes a great manager at your organisation? Google found ten behaviours of successful managers – you might find you have two, three, or twelve.
Internal data, like employee survey results and interviews, can help uncover the elements of good management at your organisation.
You can also explore external research through, you guessed it, a simple Google search to get started.
What might you discover?
If, like me, reading research like this gets you excited to do the same in your workspace.
Although I like the behaviours that Google have listed, we could certainly add a few pieces to make this even better.
One thing that stands out for me is Emotional intelligence.
Though not specifically called out in the ten behaviours, we can see a few areas where it would overlap.
Nonetheless, the lessons learnt during the pandemic have brought this behaviour to the forethought of how we lead (and so it should).
Teaching people how to be more emotionally aware and lead with empathy can only be positive moves, right?
Hopefully, this edition has given you some food for thought, data to utilise and some idea on how to take action in your practice.
Before you go… 👋
If you like my writing and think “Hey, I’d like to hear more of what this guy has to say” then you’re in luck.
A common misconception in the careers game is that a CV is a passport to today’s best opportunities in our economy.
This is FALSE!
Let’s talk abt this… ⬇️
The competition is huge
There are abt 8 billion humans on planet earth today. Let’s say (hypothetically) 1 billion work in your industry.
Of those 1 billion, let’s say 450 million have the skill set to do the role you’re doing today.
That’s a lot of competition, right?
If all you have to compete with the rest of these people for opportunities is a CV. Do you think this is enough?
Do you believe the playing field is level??
It’s not. Many have created advantages to navigate the game and produce better opportunities.
Create an advantage
We all have a platform to create career advantages, and that thing is called the internet.
Yes, the thing we’re all on right now!
You can easily:
➡️ Build a niche following on social platforms ➡️ Show your work on a website (thanks Austin Kleon) ➡️ Contribute knowledge on video platforms ➡️ Share value through a podcast ➡️ Start a blog and teach others to do what you do.
The point is that the options are out there to build a profile that gives an advantage over others in the same field. This is something I talk about in depth in the How to win in the Careerverse playbook.
Think about it…
Would you rather read a document that talks about what someone can do or see what they can do?