Am I Leveraging the Best?

What is the first thing thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase "Am I Leveraging the Best?"  Is it your financial prowess?  Is it your skills at whatever you do?  Is it a balance of something in your life?  Or is it something else?

Today, I attended a management meeting on the results of an employee engagement survey where I work.  I attended for a few reasons: first, I was the facilities POC for the meeting, second, I was curious as to the results from an HR and Facilities perspective as it relates to how we can effectively design spaces that meet the needs of the population and lastly, I was curious as to management's response.

These are all very good reasons, and as I listened to the briefing, I wondered whether or not the company was "leveraging the best" of these managers.  Briefings of this nature which are pseudo-data-driven, but more sociologically based can often land on deaf ears of the more technical managers.  Their eyes start to glaze over or their focus is on what do "I" want. 

When you think about "leveraging the best", you have to find what makes each of your people "operate" within their "passion zone" as John Maxwell puts it.  Some managers who have been thrust into the coaching-manager role are not gifted in that role.  They were promoted because they were a great "technical manager" – managing people is a completely different animal.  Sometimes the best thing we can do for our managers is to restore them to a technical position and bring in the people oriented manager. 

I wander if companies are doing this?

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I help facilities manager and planner create spaces that are backed by research, engage employees of all generations, and drive business objectives. I am also the founder of Dave's Book Club – a once per month reading experience designed to help professionals grow their influence.

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