At times it can be incredibly tedious being a senior manager, or even a director of a large company. After a lifetime of using your intellect, charm and wits to get you through the day, you suddenly find that for large chunks of the week, it is simply no longer required.

One of the biggest drags can be the constant flow of really tedious meetings. They were bad enough when you  attended them from an operational point of view but to be there  just to listen to somebody you hardly know bang on about a topic that does not really interest you but somehow needs your approval or support, well that is one hundred times worse!  What’s more – more often than not the presenters decide to keep strictly to the facts so they can pump in as much detail as possible.  There’s not a glimmer of fun or entertainment, just eight times one hourly intervals of information download.

Many young people believe that they live in a macho world where only wimps and underperformers need help. But nothing is further than the truth.

After sitting through presentation after presentation on just how swell all the companies projects are going and how fantastic the teams are doing, it is nice for managers, once in a while to hear a project manager say – “to be honest ladies and gentlemen we’re in it a bit of a mess and we could really do with some help and advice.” At the sound of the words “help and advice” immediately most  senior managers come alive – ‘Finally my day has some meaning, perhaps today  I will go home with the feeling that I was needed and that without my advice or support the company, or a small part of it, would have been worse off?’

Senior managers, by definition, have more experience than their younger counterparts, they also have influence and access to budgets, resources and people; and yet too many think that they somehow don’t want to utilize the power they have. How wrong can they be?  Create a scenario where their advice or power could be vitally useful, make it real and dare I say interesting; even entertaining and you’ll find the invisible keys to what you are looking for right in front of you, larger than life.

On the other hand if you keep on pretending that everything is just hunky dory, then you might be in for a shock. People who act like they can do everything on their own, eventually fall into a hole and when they do it can be very deep indeed.  Because the people they need will be far away looking at their smart phones asking themselves, ‘why is this guy bothering me now, he’s never needed my help before?’ Screw him, I am on holiday – he’s a tough chap, he’ll sort it out for himself!

Have a good week,

Harley