Recently I did a post on the Seven Diseases of Middle Management. I have been exploring each disease in more detail. This post focuses on Productivity Blockages.
Disease: Productivity Blockages
Many middle managers think that working longer, harder, and faster is how they will get more work completed, but this is often not the case. Most middle managers work too many hours and do not put a dent in their "to-do"?? lists. They suffer from Productivity Blockages that get in the way of progress and lead to discomfort within the team. Annoying and disruptive barriers are common and are the reason that Productivity Blockages afflict most middle managers.
Manager seems bogged down.
Daily fire fighting is getting in the way of proactive work.
Things seem to take forever.
Too much red tape!
Goals are not being met.
The manager and team members look and feel fried.
Productivity Blockages can be cured when the sources of the obstructions are identified and removed. Some managers get more bogged down than others in the same environment (ergo, good management habits can make a huge difference!)
Clear Mucky Muck Obstructions
Being a middle manager means you are the link between strategy, change and implementation. Conflict, contradiction, and chaos — a.k.a. mucky muck – are often dealt with in the middle. Other examples of mucky muck include politics, miscommunications, hidden agendas, and disorganization. While dealing with mucky muck is what makes each day unique and interesting, it is also responsible for gray hair, tension headaches, and overpowering urges for a dry martini. To treat Productivity Blockages, middle managers need to be part P.I., clairvoyant, and magician.
Be Unstoppable by Conquering Throughput Constraints
Throughput is completed work and is the ultimate responsibility of all middle managers. Daily barriers and constraints slow or block throughput and impact results. These Productivity Blockages can be obliterated through a focused and detailed campaign to identify and remove barriers.
Keep it Flowin´ – Making the Most of Your Time
I have talked often about this topic in this blog. Middle managers, more than any other level of management, need to be expert time wranglers. There is just too much one COULD do that not taking the time to define what one SHOULD do is a crime. Many Productivity Blockages occur as a result of poor time management choices.
Productivity Blockages is a serious ailment and one that robs middle managers of their energy and ability to have a positive impact on the business.