Evans Incorporated

Nobility of management

by Tip Fallon

When I think of noble professions – teachers, social workers, and other care-giving roles have usually come to mind.  I didn’t think of a business person in a pin-stripe suit, i.e., a manager, as a noble profession until recently.

From my perspective, managers and the role of management in organizations often get a bad reputation.  We accuse managers of being out of touch, creating unnecessary work and complexity, and have come up with endearing terms for them like “micromanagers,” “bureaucrats” or even “the Man”.  Despite the frustrations managers can create though, they also have the opportunity to do work that I believe is as noble as any other profession.

Maya Angelou advised that people don’t remember what you do or say, they remember how you make them feel.  That is, while our tasks at work may be important, the quality of our life isn’t determined by how many deadlines we meet; it’s about the state of our well-being: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.  When we feel good, we are happier, more productive, enjoy better relationships, and more likely to help others feel good.  Our experience at work greatly impacts how we feel.  140 million people are employed in the U.S and spend half of their waking hours at work on weekdays.  And what directly impacts one’s experience at work?  His or her manager.    Regardless of the line of work, or person’s level in the organization, the manager can create a culture, relationship, team dynamic, and task assignment that can make all the difference in the experience of that individual’s day.

The impact doesn’t end when the employee leaves work.  Whether someone has a positive or negative experience at work then impacts their lives when they return home to their friends, family, and community. This impact compounds over time – people can have good weeks, months and years at work, or bad ones.  And the effects are consequential to the individual’s personal life as well as to his or her family, community, and society.   Thus, managers directly impact the lives of people and the depth of that impact carries over into other dimensions of that person’s life.

What do you think?  Do you view management as a noble profession?

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  1. Nobility of management isn’t solely confined to being a strong leader or mentor or contributing to the well-being of staff, though these are certainly important aspects of noble management. It is also about leading important initiatives to equip our clients with better ways of working to ensure global economic stability or to prepare the National Airspace for the 21st Century, for example.

    The Evans Management Team has recently undertaken an initiative to refine our corporate mission and vision. As part of this exercise, we have defined three pillars of service delivery that align to the vision Tip describes around Noble management. These pillars include honest innovation, healthy collaboration and honorable relationships.

    Honest innovation entails delivering our clients practical, tailored and cost effective solutions that are simple and no more or less complex than what is required to support the business’ capabilities and satisfy requirements.

    Healthy collaboration speaks to not only working collaboratively with our clients to ensure the success of transformative change initiatives, but also using a human-centered approach to building high performing teams that are dedicated to working together within an organizational unit, and across organizational boundaries and geographies, in support of mission delivery.

    Honorable relationships address working for outstanding clients who do important work and becoming our clients’ trusted advisor through diligence, hard work and by delivering expert advice on a consistent basis.

    These three tenants of our approach to building high performing teams in our clients’ organizations provides clues as to why we have been successful as a company to date as a result of instilling the virtues of noble management in our staff on behalf of our clients.

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