Hierarchies breed separation and unintended intimidation. This is a reminder and one way you can try to head it off.
I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people and organizations to be more effective. That can involve management, of course, hiring, job search, being more effective in the workplace. Those are the areas that I do all my work with.
This is a video for those of you who are managers, and it’s a reminder for you about the fact that you’re different than your people. I know you think of yourself, like I do. I’m a friendly guy. I’m normal, nothing special about me. But to the staff, you’re more omnipotent than you think you are. Let me just tell you a quick story.
For many years, I was involved with an international men’s organizations that were put on these training weekends around the world. I love these weekends and, I would arrive, I’d be really friendly and it can be done anywhere in the world.
There’s a hierarchy to the staff that comes to these things. There are the beginners who are nicknamed “rookies,” who this may be their first time working on one of these. Then, there are senior staff, mid level staff, leaders and training co-leader candidates . . . you see where I’m going with this. There’s a hierarchy there until, eventually, they get to the people who are co leaders and leaders of these weekends. Within that hierarchy, I know I, as a leader, experienced this and I know co-leaders when they first got certified to run these weekends or assist with running the weekends, they notice that the staff treats them differently, even though many of their best friends were on staff. The result winds up being the awareness that there’s a threshold that you cross over and you carry some extra baggage with you that others find difficult to transcend.
I know, for me, talking with them, there was no big whoop. But for them, talking with me, often there was. I want to remind you of that because the impact to you is that, sometimes, you don’t get honest information. You get what they think what you want to hear, rather than what you need to hear. It takes a courageous individual because, remember, you’ve got omnipotent power. You can influence their future. They might annoy you or tick you off in some way and that will affect their moving up.
Remember, if you were meeting a Managing Director of your organization, the president the CEO, and we’re not talking about a small company. We’re talking about a major corporation. And, you know, suddenly, you’ve got the same pressure.
My reminder to you is you always have to get the best from them– the best information, what have you. Rather than accepting what they say at face value to you, I want to remind you that, sometimes, people put out messages to you that are designed to give you a pat on the head and be “Yes Men” and “Yes Women” to you.
And maybe one of the questions that you would ask them is, “how do we know that,” so that they can explain what their reasoning is and you thank them for explaining it to you, just as a way of making sure that they’re not giving you professional placebos.
You see, that’s where failures often occur. Now, the emperor has no clothes and no one’s willing to tell he or she that they’re standing there in all their stupidity. So, you always want to make sure that your people feel free and even if you say, “Don’t worry about it,” it’s your behavior that’s gonna actually do it, not your words.
So when you can encourage them to talk, it does make a difference. oaching and we’ll set up the free discovery call on that one. Hope you have a great day and take care
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”
Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)
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