Imagine you’re the coach of a sports team
Your team is not playing as well as you would like or as well as they should be. They keep dropping the ball, missing goal opportunities, fumbling, getting into fights and ultimately losing matches. There is only one person to look to you, the coach. We all know that in situations like this, it’s not the team that’s at fault, it’s the coach, the coaching style and the training methods. In a situation like this, you’re not only letting yourself down, you’re letting the whole team down and their families.
Worse still, as the coach you are responsible for the development of the team members, building them up to be their very best and getting them to win matches. They look to you for direction and leadership and expect you to provide them. If you’re a manager or team leader, then your job is the same as that of a sports coach. The responsibilities, accountabilities, the need to create cohesiveness, shared objectives and much more, are all on your shoulders.
I know first hand what it’s like. I have held over 40 different management positions over my career with responsibility for more than 100 teams. It’s often a daunting job, sometimes wonderfully satisfying and other times full of disappointments and self-doubts. To make matters worse, often management support is not available to you, no-one to bounce ideas and problems off, no-one to speak to about your concerns, worries and lack of confidence which waxes and wanes.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Originally published at https://www.russellfutcher.com on October 10, 2020.