Stay in your lane!

laneRGIII (Robert Griffin III) of the Washington Redskins  has fiercely been rehabbing his knee in preparation for the 2013 NFL season.  His doctor, Dr. James Andrews, has given him the okay to get back on the field, but then added his thoughts on how RGIII should be used on the field.  Is that his job?  No! Stay in your lane doctor.  As the doctor, your job is to determine if his knee his ready to handle the rigors of the NFL. You can give projections on what may happen if that knee is injured again, but that’s as far as your expertise goes. The Redskins’ coaches will determine what the game strategy will be. The coaches should be smart enough to not put RGIII in positions that are less than ideal if they actually plan on going to the playoffs and beyond.

This reminds me of the mistakes that new managers make – heeding management advice from Human Resources.  For questions regarding management, new managers often turn to Human Resources (HR).  This is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make. That’s not the lane you need for minor issues especially if you want to solve it creatively. HR in general is there to enforce rules and regulations.  So, the management approach of HR is to assume that a problem exists and needs to be fixed or the employee is the problem and needs correcting.  HR’s approach to management doesn’t allow for flexibility, individuality or the personal touch that may be needed to motivate employees.  HR is concerned about following rules and laws that get in the way of good management which may entail treating employees differently (See Manage Personnel Differently).  New managers, if you do have an issue with an employee, talk to other managers first or consult the literature.  Then see what your gut is telling you to do.  Make going to HR your last resort because their lane is different from your lane, so stay out of it.

Let this be a lesson for all of us.  You do what you do and trust that others will do what they do.

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About LaKo

I'm a sports enthusiast who looks for lessons and analogies in sports and tries to apply those lessons to my personal and work life. In May 2013 I began my life as a runner with Black Girls Run!. Now, as a member of the Atlanta Track Club, I'm continuing my journey to preserve my sexy.
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4 Responses to Stay in your lane!

  1. Tazar says:

    So is HR a good source of information and help for a report that has problems with their supervisor?

    • LaKo says:

      Remember that HR works for the company and their primary goal is to safeguard any liability the company may have. They can be helpful in letting you know procedures and such. But, I would ask where are these rules written and read it myself.

  2. Good managers are great leaders first and foremost, and their abilities for handling common issues with employees is usually the one exercise that is the best assessment of their effectiveness. The skill of solving problems at the lowest level is extremely underrated and often discouraged but is often the foundation of a well run organization. For an organization striving for success, it is extremely important for all parties to know their position and stay in their lane!

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