What does it take to be a successful manager in 2018? We partnered with Aptitude Research Partners to answer that very question, by examining the results of two surveys: The HR Impact Survey 2018, and the Hire, Engage, Retain Survey 2018. From the data, several themes emerged, and we have compiled them into The Anatomy of the Modern-Day Manager.
Success as a manager is an interaction of many factors that work together. In fact, the evolution of the manager has in many ways mirrored the way the human race has evolved for survival. Without the five major systems the human body has developed to keep us safe, strong, and able to respond to the daily challenges of our environment, we would not be able to survive the regular challenges of human life. Likewise, as a manager today, you need a similar set of systems to keep your sanity safe, your energy strong, and your resilience-focused to respond to the challenges that we face every day.
So, whether you’re a new manager, a seasoned vet, or even an individual contributor contemplating a career move into management, our white paper will help you assess the strength of each of your systems and give you a framework to help you continuously improve as a manager.
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We tend to think of managers in the context of other people. A good manager has good people, and we measure a manager both by the output of their team and by their ability to grow and retain their team. But so very often a manager has no control over the circumstances that drive employees to leave. People tend to say that employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers. And they do leave managers, but not necessarily because of them. People get offered their dream jobs or significant pay increases, or they get tired of their commute. The modern-day manager needs to be adaptable and resilient to get the most out of whatever team is in front of them every day.
PEOPLE TEND TO SAY THAT EMPLOYEES DON’T LEAVE COMPANIES, THEY LEAVE MANAGERS. AND THEY DO LEAVE MANAGERS, BUT NOT NECESSARILY BECAUSE OF THEM.
Being a great manager requires you to look at yourself and your organization and to ensure that your own internal systems are prepared to get you through the challenges that lay ahead. Just as your body must sense and respond to the challenges you face in the world every day, managers need to maintain foundational systems as well. This report will look at five key body systems as a metaphor for the skills and behaviors that you, as a modern-day manager, require.
And not everyone can or will enjoy meeting the trials of management. But for any leader feeling challenged, the goal of this white paper is to offer some insights to help diagnose where you may have issues, as well as to provide exercises and resources to help you build your capabilities in each area.