Management Training For

Business Great lawyers and accountants do not necessarily make the best managers. The skill set is completely different and without management training remains so. What makes a great winner of litigation does not make a good administrator. What goes into an accurate, on time set of ledgers does not make for an effective people coach. Merely giving a lawyer the title of ‘practice manager’ does not transform them into a manager. He is not like Clark Kent stepping into a phone booth and emerging as Superman. The Peter Principal? The ‘Peter Principle is the single most persuasive argument for lawyers and accountants to take on regular management training. The Peter Principle was first put forward in the book of the same name and states…"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." This seminal comedic management treatise was first published in 1968, but don’t you just feel that it is as true today as it has always been true? Management training is essential not just for lawyers and accountants but also for all professions. Dr. Laurence J. Peter was the first to express the truism, that people in a hierarchy are promoted to the next level as long as they work competently. Without effective management training all organizations have a tendency towards bureaucracy and away from meritocracy so that sooner or later each lawyer or accountant will arrive in a position for which they are no longer competent. They find their ‘level of incompetence’ and as their managers become disillusioned with their performance it is at this level of incompetence that they stay. All of the real work is done by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence. Incompetency is The Disease. Management Training Is The Cure. The only way for law and accountancy firms to counteract the Peter principle is to invest heavily and continuously in the management training of their people. It is not enough for lawyers to be experts and specialists in various areas of the law. They need to quickly acquire and apply the people motivating skills of professional management. An accountant who can operate a computerized book keeping system with ease but cannot lead a team to high performance will inevitably lose money for his or her employer. Some of the key skills to be had through management training are: Recruitment, selection and interviewing. Leading effective meetings. Leading high performance teams. Training others. Maximizing the performance of others. Dealing with under-performance. Handling disciplinary issues. Coaching for high performance. Incompetency and a low level of performance can very quickly become the cultural norm in organizations where management training is treated as just another initiative or fad. It requires a systematic consistent approach so that continuous professional management development is the cultural norm. Management training is not a cost, it is an investment. It requires to be approached as an investment and the returns from it needs to be evaluated and improved continuously. Leaders who think management training is too expensive soon learn that the Peter principle is far moreso. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: