After reading Joseph Almond's book, The Big Book of Management, my interest was peaked about how managers commit to career execution. Below is part of an interview with Mr. Almond.
In the book you say,
"Managers set the climate for their organizations. Managers have the responsibility to regulate the climate for their leadership as well as for their employees"
If you could offer a few tips on how managers can move from being a thermometer to a thermostat – what might they be?
"I would offer that managers take a 3-D approach to moving from thermometer to thermostat. The 3D approach consists of (Define, Dedicate, and Deliver). It's important for managers who want to make the shift from thermometer to thermostat to Define the value of the shift for themselves, employees, and organization. The manager should also define the necessary actions required to bring the shift from thermometer-thermostat to fruition."
At one point you are telling a story, "I knew our collective attitude regulated the climate and it was one thing that united us a team."
Can you offer a bit more on how collective attitude develops and the power it has?
"This leads to the manager Dedicating themselves to the shift which is imperative for the change to occur. If the manager is not truly dedicated then they will not make the shift from thermometer to thermostat. Managers may face opposition from the those who are trapped in the status quo. Their dedication is absolutely necessary for them to take action, endure, and stay the course."
If you can offer a perspective on one thing that may make or break a manager what would that one thing be?
The last and final tip is for the manager to Deliver upon the commitment they have made to shift from thermometer to thermostat. Mangers must not allow resistance to stop them however, allow persistence to propel them. They must keep the vision alive and well in front of them.
To learn more about Almond visit his site here: josephalmond.net