Nobody gets promoted for keeping things the same.

That thought came to mind as my oldest and I spoke about her first hire as a manager.  I said define his role, give him a chance to make a difference, to run through the process and improve it.  Then clear the path to improve the process, and praise him up the chain when he earns it.

Then it hit me.  How often we settle for keeping things the same.



12 Comments on “promoted”

  1. Shannon says:

    Good advice! 🙂 without you and the leadership blog, I would be lost. Managing is hard!

  2. The remote only works to change the channel, you have to get up and be willing to change yourself…true in advancement as well.

  3. Eric Alagan says:

    “Now you listen to me kiddo – that’s the way we do things around here!”

    Perhaps not the same words – but the gist, most of us must have heard, I reckon.

  4. Walking that thin line between improvements, maintaining what works, and not upsetting the equilibrium (and politics) too much is very difficult.

    Few people want change, can change, or can tolerate change.

    And oftentimes, “no good deed goes unpunished” Going slow, incorporating as many people in the change process as possible, picking a change target that is manageable, having an exit plan, and and an understanding that “no change goes perfectly, and tweaks have to be expected” , and “If it doesn’t work, we can always go back.”

  5. You’re a good dad and a smart manager! Too often higher-ups are threatened by the brilliance of their reports and keep them down by not letting them implement their ideas…That makes me sad.

  6. Clanmother says:

    Your daughter is very lucky to have you as a mentor.Mediocrity is a dangerous safety net.

  7. how true. comfort zones…

  8. I think the general idea is true for relationships, too.

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