As the first of the new year arrived, I received an email from a client wanting to meet about one of their management team members. The owner had struggled for more than a year with this manager’s performance and even more so with their behavior. The manager is technically capable and does just enough to get the job done, but their attitude, behavior, leadership, and modeling of the company values has been less than acceptable for more than a year.
The client decided over the holidays that tough decisions and changes needed to be made in 2018 not only for the good of the company, but for the good of the team/employees as well. The decision was made to terminate the manager and hire a strong leader to join the management team.
Have you recently taken the time to evaluate and assess your management team? Do you have leaders who are not leading? Are they promoting a positive, healthy work environment? Do they model the company values? Are they meeting company goals? How are they building their team? Are you intentionally developing your management team? Who can be groomed for more responsibilities?
Take the time to carefully consider the health and culture of your management team. Do you have a team member that needs to be held accountable for performance and/or behavior issues? What other tough decisions do you need to make regarding your executive team? It’s important to lead with grace and give individuals the opportunity to turn around their performance and/or behavior, but be intentional about drawing a line implementing accountability and “tough love,” not only for the company’s sake, but your employees as well.
Here’s to a healthy Executive Team in 2018!
Close HR Connections can be a sounding board for discussing management teams and issues needing to be addressed, as well as providing coaching, accountability, and support as you evaluate your team and make decisions for 2018. Let us know if we can help.