The headlines are filled with articles about the return to work, specifically, getting people back into an office. Some of the articles then focus on subtopics such as dress codes, flexible schedules, and mandatory vaccinations. At the core of these articles is an underlying assumption that either companies want to treat everyone the same, or feel that they must treat everyone the same.
With all of these articles swirling in my head, I reflected on the kudos given to Red Auerbach. Reading the autobiography one of his protégés, who also became a coach, I have been introduced to his genius, his legend, and his insights on people. “I’ve never been around a man who managed … better than Red Auerbach. Particularly, the egos he had to deal with, the cross cultures he had to deal with and all the variations in the kinds of people that I saw him be associated with.”
That’s when it hit me that this is why the world of management has its collective basketball shorts in a twist.
The typical manager does not have a team any bigger than Red did when he led the Boston Celtics to nine championships. If Red could find a way to coach, cajole, badger, and encourage his players … here’s betting today’s managers can. Of course, just as Red needed to comply with NBA guidelines, today’s managers must not run afoul of the pertinent HR laws that pertain to their team of employees.
Stat sheets don’t lie, and a manager who sets clear goals will know quarter by quarter who is performing.