Great show guys.
Bottom line up front... What is the purpose of a manager?
My company is formalizing an IT supervisory role. The stated goal of the role is to 'groom supervisors for future managerial duties'. Given that clear statement (definitely not an MT goal), I asked 'What does this mean?'.
4 managers around the table = 4 different answers. It seems my organization is unclear as to their definition of "manager".
This experience got me to thinking about other organizations and whether there was an underlying universal definition of "manager" (kinda like a unified theory of relativity). Since definition generally arises from clear purpose, I pose my question...
What is the purpose of a manager?
I've seen generalized answers. e.g. "A manager is what a manager does." (Doesn't defining a manager within the context of a manager violate some fundamental law of the universe?). However, I'm interested in what you have to say on the topic (as it applies to Manager Tools).
I don't know if there is an answer, but the question seems fundamental to this exploration of "manager" and should make for an interesting dialog (maybe a future podcast).