6. Can you please nip at my heels?

Stop nipping at my heels!
Recognizable? You are young, ambitious, creative and very energetic. Your manager has worked for years in his/her current role and has built up a load of privileges: arriving an hour late, chit chatting around the department, rushing team meetings (if not cancelling), etc.

You have focused on familiarizing yourself with your job, getting to know the company culture and improving processes. When you present your ideas to your manager, you are patronized…

You feel like it is impossible to achieve anything in this company.

What will be your next step?

Stop nipping at my heels! 
Are you going to ruffle some feathers and confront your manager about his/her inactivity? In most cases you will be branded as smart ass, or a person that “nips at someone’s heels”. So you leave…

A couple of years later, you have a house, a mortgage, children, you are a manager with a good salary and you have built up a variety of privileges: arriving an hour late, chit chatting around the department, rushing team meetings (if not cancelling), etc.

The only thing that bothers you is the smart ass who was recently hired. You have the feeling that he/she is nipping at your heels.

What will be your next step?

Incompetence maintains incompetence
Right, you rely on your years of experience. You flawlessly apply the “discouragement tactic” and patronize the employee who is constantly suggesting ideas for improvement until he/she gives up and leaves the company.

Without inspiring, engaging leadership and a clear policy in the field of Succession Management (part of Talent Management), incompetence maintains itself.

Casualties of this are always: growth, profit and an inspiring work environment.

Can you please nip at my heels?
You are a talented manager, if you are able to appoint and train a successor, transfer your experience and promote your successor within the company.

Have the guts, learn to enjoy the hot breath of competition on your neck and invest in growth, profit and an inspiring work environment within your organization!

Stay ambitious! Keep innovating! Keep investing in talent!


Do you want to improve Talent Management within your company? Contact me: info@harmtopper.com, or +31 (0) 6 3950 5640.