What if management is simply taking the unconscious aspects of an organization, or group making them conscious and then actively making the changes required to improve those aspects? Sort of like life in general.
Trying to view management through this framework does a few very useful things. The first being everyone can step back from leader worship. Not everyone is a leader, not everyone can be a leader and not everyone will be a leader; quit trying to make it otherwise. But, everyone can begin to learn to identify unconscious actions in themselves and each other then try to change those actions.
A manager would simply be someone who has become adept at identifying those unconscious actions and thoughts in individuals and an organization, bringing them into conscious levels and working on changing them if required. Work cultures become what they are due to the people in them and how the relationships between those people form, grow and change. A manager works to consciously create a work culture that is beneficial for the end goal of that organization/group/team.
Next, viewing management from this framework would lead to managers not becoming stagnant. To become adept at identifying these unconscious habits, one needs to practice and the best place to practice would seem to be on oneself, constantly. A framework of this sort has self-improvement built into itself without needing to specify. A manager taking this sort of framework as their way of management would be a dynamic individual that is constantly growing meaning that they will probably constantly be finding new habits in the organization to identify and tinker with meaning the organization will also be continually growing.
Finally, taking on this framework means a manager can explain some of their practices to those they are managing. When a manager requires some sort of meeting or training, under a framework of identifying unconscious habits, a manager has the potential to explain to an employee why they are being put through the training that seems to be ‘common sense’ or not useful. The manager has the potential to say to the employee that they had identified habit x within the team which seemed to be hindering the team so, this training was scheduled to bring this habit into the open for the team so that they can identify it and agree to a way to change it.
This sort of framework seems to be a lot like a sports training coach. The coach gets the team together and starts working on training some aspects of the sport until they become unconscious habits. He also watches the team and identifies current unconscious habits of team members or the team overall which are detrimental to the team during a game. Then, the coach creates a new, beneficial habit to replace the old one and trains it into the team until it becomes unconscious again.
The most beneficial aspect of this framework, for me, is the ability to explain the reasons for something in a way that makes sense. Having to go through different “trainings” for some of the things I have done has always ended up being frustrating. There appears to be no rhyme or reason to the trainings and they do not tend to be beneficial due to their one-size-fits-all style and lack of context. A management framework as I am describing will cut out the one-size-fits-all trainings and would actually be able to provide context for the trainings in the form of, “I, as the manager, have noted x habit within the organization/team. This habit is not helpful to the team because of a, b, c reasons. So, as a team/organization, we are going to examine this habit, consider it and agree to a way to change the habit into something helpful to the team/organization.” Finally, an answer to “Why do we have to do this?” as I am sure many people get tired of hearing from employees.