In today’s highly competitive workplace, professional managers are a relatively special group. The definition of professional managers in China has not been completely unified. It generally refers to those who take business management as their career direction and have certain professional experience, quality and ability . People who have a certain right to operate an enterprise usually have no ownership or less and limited ownership of the enterprise. For a long period of time in the past, professional managers in the narrow sense were more directed at the general managers of private enterprises. In recent years, with the in-depth advancement of the reform of state-owned enterprises, some state-owned enterprises have gradually established a professional manager mechanism, and some high-level deputy positions have also been included in the scope of professional manager positions. Therefore, the professional managers in the broad sense mentioned by the industry may cover the general managers and vice presidents of private enterprises, the general managers and vice presidents of state-owned enterprises, and even some middle-level managers are also called professional managers of certain functions. In order to simplify the problem, the professional managers in this article refer to the general managers, vice presidents and other high-level personnel in private enterprises.
In my many years of experience in corporate management consulting, I have come into contact with many cases of private enterprises hiring professional managers, and I have coached many business owners on the introduction, selection, cultivation, use, and retention of professional managers. You fight among professional managers, and you have also experienced the like-mindedness and sympathy between business owners and professional managers.
Before the selection, the business owner and the professional manager will more or less conduct mutual investigations to understand some basic information. The company mainly understands the professional manager’s educational background, career history, industry reputation, past performance, advantages and disadvantages, communication interface, etc. , Professional managers mainly understand the business status, development prospects, brand image, treatment, business owner’s behavior, etc. Both parties may adopt various methods to ensure information symmetry. But after hiring, business owners and professional managers may still find that they have miscalculated and need to re-evaluate the cooperation between the two parties. In many cases, once this happens, the two parties may fall apart.
So, let’s take a look at what kind of professional managers are not recognized by business owners?
1. Professional managers who do not abide by the professional bottom line
Professional managers are characterized by professionalism, and abiding by the professional bottom line is the top priority of professional managers. If professional managers have problems with their values and step on the professional bottom line, they can almost play a veto role in the workplace. The professional bottom line generally refers to no cronyism, no disclosure of commercial secrets, no unfair use for personal use, no corruption, rent-seeking, no malpractice, etc.
2. Professional managers with poor interpersonal relationship handling skills
As a paratrooper, a professional manager must improve the work he is responsible for in a short period of time. It is necessary to integrate into a new group to a certain extent. This requires superb interpersonal relationship handling skills and means. Having a lot of conflicts with the original team or causing a lot of conflicts between the original teams will make professional managers pay a high price.
3. Professional managers who cannot bring effective performance
One of the important purposes for business owners to introduce professional managers is to improve the company’s operating performance. Some performance may not be effective in the short term, but long-term performance trends can be seen from some process indicators. If professional managers cannot provide better expectations for performance growth, business owners will not be satisfied.
4. Professional managers who cannot bring new management ideas or methods
Professional managers usually have a wealth of professional experience and accumulated rich work experience. In a new position, how to respect the original management system and working mechanism of the enterprise, and provide new working ideas or methods, and implement them firmly is a professional Important issues that managers need to face. Without this “diamond”, it is difficult to gain the trust of business owners.
5. Professional managers who lack leadership
Many companies have their own leadership models and have clear quality requirements for professional managers. Those companies that do not have a leadership model will also have a targeted assessment of the ability of professional managers to lead a team. Leadership involves determination, authorization, coordination, control, teaching, motivation, execution, etc. Professional managers are required to have many excellent qualities such as integrity, progress, responsibility, passion, and dedication, in order to stimulate the maximum energy of the team. If a professional manager lacks leadership ability, it is hard to imagine that he can make some achievements in the corresponding position and lead the team to success.
6. Professional managers with too much selfishness
Perhaps some professional managers have not violated the bottom line of their career, but their inadvertent words and deeds often reveal the shortcomings of selfishness. For example, when it comes to some key matters, the first thing that comes to mind is oneself or one’s own small mountain. The interests and benefits must be taken, but the risks and responsibilities are pushed out. Maybe he himself does not realize it, but in the eyes of others, his selfishness is too serious. The features are unmistakable. Business owners are generally very taboo about such professional managers, and selfishness can easily become the reason for the termination of contracts of professional managers who have not violated the bottom line of their profession.
Professional managers with the above six characteristics are not recognized by business owners. As a “professional player”, it is inevitable to have higher requirements for yourself. Professional managers who are already in their positions or are about to embark on a new job may wish to evaluate themselves to see if they are unfortunately “successful”. If there is nothing to change, encourage yourself, and be alert to continuous improvement and promotion.