Good management is a good thing and organisations have a shortage of “talent”. Having more and better managers is critical to success.
So you should put all your effort into hiring and developing breadth and depth of leadership.
Really, is more always more?
Conventional wisdom is that the smaller the class size, the better the education. A child in a class of 25 will get a better education than a child in a class of 35.
So a child in a class of 15 can’t help but succeed.
Apparently not, you can have too much of a good thing
There comes a point where the quality of education decreases. In small classes:
- There is less diversity. So their are fewer opinions and it is harder to keep a conversation running.
- A fight between children is harder to manage, there are fewer distractions, discipline is harder to maintain.
- Students get more help. But children need time to sit and look at a problem.
Too many teachers can be too much of a good thing.
The same is true of managers
With too many managers…
- There are small spans of control. Decisions get referred up the ladder and bureaucracy abounds.
- Staff members get lots of attention, when perhaps they should solve their own problems.
- There isn’t enough to do, so time is spent on turf wars, politics and one-upmanship.
Of course organisations need management
But is lack of “talent” what is holding you back? Or is it something else?
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