The 27 Challenges Managers Face
Take a look at the list below. How many of these 27 management challenges are you facing right now? And, how many do you believe you'll face during the rest of this year?
- Going from peer to leader
- Coming from the outside to take over leadership of an existing team
- Bringing together an entirely new team
- Welcoming a new member to your existing team
- Helping an employee who has a hard time managing time
- Assisting an employee who needs help with interpersonal communication
- Getting an employee more organized
- Helping an employee who needs to get better at problem solving
- Working with an employee who needs to increase productivity
- Helping an employee who needs to improve quality
- Managing an employee who knows more about the work than you do
- Showing an employee how to start "going the extra mile"
- Working with an employee who does "creative work"
- Helping an employee make an attitude adjustment
- Managing conflict between and among individuals on your team
- Dealing with an employee who has personal issues at home
- Keeping a superstar engaged
- Retaining a superstar
- Losing a superstar in the best way possible
- Developing a superstar into a new leader role
- Managing in an environment of constant change and uncertainty
- Managing under resource constraints
- Working through interdependency
- Working around logistical hurdles
- Managing across differences in language and culture
- Renewing your management relationship with a disengaged employee
- Renewing your own commitment to being a strong, highly engaged manager
If you selected one or more of these challenges, then Bruce Tulgan's book, The 27 Challenges Managers Face, is the book to add to your "to read" list.
Because, Tulgan provides step-by-step solutions and practical advice for handling all 27 challenges listed above -- the 27 most common challenges identified by Tulgan during 20 years of workplace research.
Tulgan is also the founder and CEO of RainmakerThinking, Inc., a management research and training firm.
Tulgan is the author of, It's Okay to Be the Boss and Managing Generation X.