MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHORS
and sisters aren't the only ones who are compared against
one another. This month's serving of leadership dim
sum is about a different kind of sibling rivalry - the
kind we sometimes see in the workplace.
By the way, we noticed that The Trusted Leader
assessment test has been mentioned recently in the
following business blogs:
Macomber's Reforming Project Management (June 26)
Company Now (July 2)
-Rob and Anne-
a Leader is Sick
Crises Need Internal Alignment
a Leader Defects
month's serving of Dim Sum: The Virtual Inner Circle
Update: Rob Galford co-authored a
case study in last month's Harvard Business
Review. Called Succession
and Failure, it's about a succession plan torn
asunder when a future leader leaves for greener pastures.
DIM SUM, PART XV: ORGANIZATIONAL SIBLING RIVALRY
One member of the leadership group has
his part of the organization vastly outperforming the others.
It looks as if he is (or they are) leaving the rest of the
company in the dust. Others on the team are feeling uncomfortable
about the disparity in performance.
Things to think about: What is causing
the disparity? Is this person’s team really over-performing,
or are other sectors under-performing? More broadly, how can
you calibrate the performance of a manager (or a management
group) with disparate parts, responsibilities, capabilities,
and levels of performance?
Question: “Why can’t you be
like your brother?” Answer: “Why do you like him
best?” The key to managing through this kind of scenario
-- and emerging with trust intact – is to resist the
temptation (and the unconscious tendency) to foster sibling
rivalry. Avoid direct comparisons.
It would be good to make the star (or
star group) an exporter of talent. Incent them to spread the
magic. Make it a specific part of their goals and objectives.
Give them both the resources and the opportunity to replicate
While there is nothing wrong with a “star
culture,” what you don’t want is to move your
inner circle from being “The Supremes” to “Diana
Ross and the Supremes” to “Just Diana Ross”
or “The Supremes Sans Diana.”
How about you? Have you seen sibling
rivalry in the workplace? What happened? Let
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