Issue No. 107 of Your Weekly Staff Meeting highlights a clever book your managers can read in less than an hour to brush up on their Management 101 competencies—and suggests you hold a “Seagull Management Day” so reading becomes reality. And this reminder: check out my Management Buckets website with dozens of resources and downloadable worksheets for your staff meetings.
Seagull Management: The 3 Virtues
Ken Blanchard’s axiom, “Help people reach their full potential—catch them doing something right,” first hit management shelves in 1982, in his best-selling book, The One Minute Manager. So when is the last time you’ve had an energetic discussion with your team members on this management virtue?
Leading your staff is just plain hard work. The Management 101 stuff rarely changes—but how you motivate and mentor your management team must change. So put the boring books and methodologies on the bottom shelf and leverage this week’s book to inspire your troops.
Fortune 500 consultant Travis Bradberry uses the just-one-hour-to-read fable route to deliver an amusing (and sometimes hokey) story on seagull management. “We’ve all been there,” he writes, “sitting in the shadow of a seagull manager who decided it was time to roll up his sleeves, swoop in, and squawk up a storm. Instead of taking the time to get the facts straight and work alongside the team to realize a viable solution, the seagull manager deposits steaming piles of formulaic advice and then abruptly takes off, leaving everyone else behind to clean up the mess.”
At the end of his seagull story, he notes that “approximately 50 percent of Americans hate their jobs and job satisfaction has sunk to the lowest level in 20 years.” We know that team members don’t leave an organization, they leave a manager, so maybe it’s time to get back to the basics. Some of your emerging managers will value this refresher course in the author’s three virtues of superior management: 1) Full-Fledged Expectations; 2) Communication That Clicks; and 3) Paws on Performance. (They all tie into my 20 management buckets.)
To order the book from Amazon, click on this title: Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results.
To make this fun book even more fun, order one for each manager and plan a “Seagull Management Day,” asking your team to block off three hours, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Hour 1: read the book at Starbucks. Hour two: discuss it over lunch at a fun restaurant. Hour 3: on your own, identify one big idea that you need to work on—and who will hold you accountable. To enhance the day, check out the author’s resources and Seagull Spotter online leadership assessment.
Your Weekly Staff Meeting Questions:
1. If you were writing a Management 101 fable that you could read in just one hour, what would you list as the three virtues of superior management?
2. What’s worse: having a micro-manager for a boss or a seagull manager? Why?
Lackluster Giving Vs. Extravagant Generosity - Insights from Mastering the Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Nonprofit
Set high standards for board member commitment and engagement. That’s one of the big ideas in the Board Bucket, chapter 14, in Mastering the Management Buckets.
When you are effective in the Board Bucket, it creates a remarkable ripple effect in the Donor Bucket, the Results Bucket and the Volunteer Bucket (to name a few). However, when you have low commitment and low passion among board members—and lackluster giving versus extravagant generosity—you will never fully recover and gain organizational momentum until you fix the problems in the Board Bucket.
A Chinese proverb says that if you want one year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people. My friend and consulting colleague Bob Andringa says that one of the greatest legacies a CEO can leave to an organization is a great board. Another Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” Start growing a great board—and great people—today.
Check out chapter 14 for the seven strategic best practices when recruiting board members and visit the Board Bucket on our website for resources, downloadable worksheets and recommended books.
FALL 2008 WORKSHOP DATES. Join your colleagues at one of our Buckets or Board workshops this fall:
Mastering the Management Buckets Workshop Experience
October 14-15, 2008 (Chicago area - Hoffman Estates, Ill.)
November 18-19, 2008 (San Dimas, Calif.)
Nonprofit Board Governance Workshop
November 21, 2008 (Orange County, Calif.)
For more details and to download the workshop brochures, visit The Workshop page on the Management Buckets website.