Last Updated Oct 6, 2008 3:49 PM EDT
So I've always wondered how managers of large operations stay in touch with their people.
And now I've found out the answer: Schedule 300 one-on-one meetings each year.
That's what Andrew Solnordal's calendar looks like, according to Harvard Business Publishing blogger and leadership coach John Baldoni. Solnordal is a regional manager at the Gulf & Fraser credit union in British Columbia, and he insists that he must meet his 80 employees not just once a year but once each quarter.
"Such a time commitment is huge and it is not practical for everyone," writes Baldoni, "but what Andrew teaches us is that if you expect to lead, you must exert yourself on behalf of your people."Do you have a large staff? What do you do to stay connected to your people? Do they feel connected to you?