Many technical managers’ – engineers, doctors, scientists, finance or IT specialists, academics and other professionals – become managers without any formal managerial development or coaching. They are promoted to their positions because of their technical expertise, rather than their people management experience. The messy business of ‘people management’ is often neither their strength nor their inclination.
This is their blindspot.
The consequences can be detrimental for the business. often resulting in a stressed and anxious culture, personal burnout, loss of confidence, ineffective teams, interpersonal and departmental conflicts, ineffective change management of major projects, non-management of poor performance, demotivation, and loss of expert staff.
The blindspot can be very costly…