February 7, 2011

The Three Functions of a Management Team

The Three Functions of a Management Team After my quarterly Return Path exec team offsite last week, my team and I were rehashing the day’s conversation over dinner.  Was it a good day or a bad day?  An upper or a downer?  We concluded that the day was as it should have been – a good mix of what I will now articulate as the three main functions of a management team.  Here they are with some color: Create an environment for success:  Do people like to come to work every day?  When they get there, do they know what they’re supposed to do, and how it connects to the company’s mission?  Are people learning and growing?  Are you building an enduring organization beyond you as a leader? Nip problems in the bud, or prevent them entirely:  Are you spending enough time thinking about your business’s vulnerabilities?  Do you go into a dark cave of paranoia once in a while and make sure you’re cognizant of all the main potential threats to your livelihood?  What can you do to spot smoke as an early warning detection of fire? Exploit big opportunities:  Do you know the top 5 things that will […]