Enhance team productivity with hard work
At Google, many effective managers are credible advisors to their teams. These managers usually have deep expertise in their field of work which they can use to help team members come up with creative solutions. These managers often:
- Roll up their sleeves work alongside the team
- Understand the challenges of the work
- Help solve problems based on their technical knowledge and skills
It can be helpful for managers to work side-by-side with the team to demonstrate their knowledge and keep their skills current. Also important is the signal that it sends: getting involved can show that the manager is not just the leader but a participant on the team.
Managers work for their teams and not the other way around. One Googler said of their manager: “She empowers everyone to do what they need to do to deliver successful products, but at the same time is unbelievably technical and when called on can help teams solve problems.”