"If you asked all your friends, your family and - I regret to say - your co-workers to talk about their jobs, I think you'd conclude that there is no shortage of bad bosses in this world."
One of my major soapbox issues that affects retention of top talent is bad managers. The issue is not as much that these managers are toxic or dysfunctional (although we've all worked for those types before), it's more along the lines of poor training and development.
Most newly minted managers and supervisors are ill-equipped to be effective at transitioning from individual contributor role doing technical work to supervising others doing the work. The company did nothing to groom, educate, prepare, test, challenge, simulate what it would be like to be a manager.
It's a catch-22. If the only managers who are effective are those that have proven the ability to do it in other companies, how do new managers get a chance to prove themselves.
We will not solve this dilemma until you decide to start investing heavily to prepare the next generation of supervisors/managers to take on the responsibility of management. Just because you are outstanding at doing the technical work, doesn't mean you're ready or prepared to manage others.
The traditional process of promoting people into management roles without training because they were good at doing the individual work is a GIANT FAIL.
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