How To Be A Turnaround Artist
My latest article in Fortune focuses on how to manage a staff you didn’t pick. The situation occurs pretty often in the workplace (pretty much every time a new manager takes over a group) and is critical. Lose the team and you’re likely to lose your job.
The idea for the article was hatched while watching Jim Harbaugh, the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, in the middle of a crazy turnaround job. The 49ers went 6-10 the previous season, and were so bad that the coach at the time, Mike Singletary, lost his job.
Harbaugh took over this past season and, with a limited offseason due to the NFL’s lockout, led pretty much the same group of players to a dominant 13-3 record. The 49ers lost to the New York Giants in the playoffs, but Harbaugh was named the NFL’s coach of the year in a vote that wasn’t even close.
As sneak peak, here’s some of the experts you’ll meet in the piece:
Frances Frei, Harvard Business School Professor
John Challenger, President of Challenger, Grey and Christmas
Tom Davenport, Author of Manager Redefined
and Ryan Rush, a manager who took over a team of 21
Read the full article here: Inheriting another person’s staff: How to deal