I am seeking advice and thoughts of Forum Members about their experiences with management teams whose head count grew rapidly.
I manage the day to day activities of 8 manufacturing related functions. I have a Direct Report for each of these functions as well as an assistant. None of my Direct Reports are ready to take over my role or even a subset of it at this time. They each manage supervisors within their departments. Total management team including myself, my direct reports and their supervisors is 22.
Our management effectiveness has not kept up and is not ready to maintain the pace now required by our plant. The future is bright but effectiveness is critical and the need for small decisions to be taken immediately is increasing daily. What used to be small balls are now large ones for many of the supervisors and managers currently on staff. Many small balls get left on the ground.
Current Action Plan:
We plan to bring in new talent (about 6 people) and assign responsibilities to them to spread the work load. The hope is that from this new talent and more focus given by the others that more effective management can emerge and develop. I will delegate the management of the new candidates to my Direct Reports. The intention is for the successful candidates to become part of the management team. I plan to follow the “Harvesting Annual Reviews podcast (without too much focus on the “Steel Cage Death-match portion) as a guide to follow up on the new candidates. All of my direct reports are familiar with Manager-Tools and some are following the basics.
Do we assign the new talent to work tasks in order to learn our business?
Do we assign the new talent to supervisory tasks?
Do we assign them to managerial tasks immediately?
Do we assign them to specific functions and shifts from the beginning?
Do we force a rotation through the different functions?
Do I assign one to each of my directs and monitor progress?
PS: Feel free to ask questions if the above needs clarification. It is difficult to outline all of this in 500 words.