I saw a delightful definition the other day:

All too often the reason managers struggle is because they are responsible for a whole gang of people that they probably didn’t pick, may not like, might have nothing in common with and who perhaps don’t like them much.

Given how often this is what ambitious professionals have to cope with it is no surprise that they sometimes struggle to build trust and confidence in the team. Motivation will also be a struggle and delegation may not be as effective as would be ideal.

When I created a mentoring programme for ambitious professionals in 2007 I encapsulated these issues under the broad heading of ‘Binding’ – as distinct from Finding, Minding and Grinding.

Why do you think managers struggle and what differences do you perceive as between managers in practice and those working in commerce or the public sector?