Five New Jobs for Top Managers and Leaders
Got to thinking about how the business world has been turned upside down over the past three years and how the new “norms” are beginning to take shape. Then, my thoughts expanded into what new roles will the managers and leaders of organizations need to add if they truly want their people to excel and return higher levels of results?
Here are five new jobs (and old jobs for the forward thinkers in the group) for managers and leaders to guide their organizations into the new business world. And, don’t kid yourself or deny the business world has not changed – because it has. And, change will be a consistent part of your future landscape.
So, here are five new jobs for you to think about and work into your current routines and success habits.
- Establish the Challenge
Today’s workforce needs to focus upon increasingly difficult challenges. Research has found that innovation is at the highest levels during periods of extended adversity. Therefore, increase the pressure to create better innovation and content for your employees and customers. Make it your mission to improve.
- Raise the Performance Bar
You will need to increase performance standards and place tougher demands on the workforce today. The combination of re-energizing your established workers and presenting tough standards for the newbies on-board will engage their newer perspectives into your organization.
- Test Breakthrough Strategies
The status quo will lead you down the road to failure. Continuously TEST new ideas with an open mind and monitor results with each new project. Breakthroughs come disguised as failures on something else yet will become financial successes in unrelated fields. Think innovation. However, always test the strategy before betting the entire organization on the “new thing.” Marketers have discovered the importance of testing different strategies for product launches as well as marketing campaigns. The original logic can lead to poor results if not tested and refined.
- Make Technology Support Improvement
Make your technology support what you are doing rather than you supporting technology. Look, the true purpose of technology is to handle the routine tasks extremely well so people can be free to move their thoughts to higher levels of performance. Technology needs to be simple and supportive for your people to be consistently successful. Think about the power of extensive customer databases providing real time data for every department touching a customer. Consistency of thought and action are the results of this simple switch.
- Focus upon Progress
I know the call for six sigma and zero defects is to minimize mistakes and errors. However, one of the negative side effects of this “perfectionist” thinking is new projects or even simple projects are late to implementation. The organizational world is so sensitive to the need for being perfect that people no longer take any risk for fear of being criticized. I personally believe in total quality and – done is better than perfect. Therefore, I suggest you focus upon progress rather than perfection and you will achieve more and higher results.
Take this guide and apply it to your thinking and execution of strategy. Then use with your teams and watch performance increase at a stable and substantial rate. Reward yourself while you measure progress and performance.
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