Why Managers Fail – 4

For someone who believes, as my colleague and coach Mary Jo Asmus does, that “it’s all about the relationships,” then this is a major cause of supervisors and managers derailing in their careers.

Failing to Build Partnerships & Cooperative Work Relationships

Most successful organizations have effectively broken down the walls or silos that once existed among their internal units or teams. People move so frequently in larger organizations, and responsibilities change so quickly, that you can’t be successful unless you build effective relationships. Your potential for success in higher levels of management depends on your ability to build partnerships and positive relationships with your boss, your employees, and your peers. In the end, being a successful manager and leader is indeed all about relationships.

Think about your own key relationships. Are they all in the shape you’d like them to be? Could one or two relationships benefit from greater effort on your part going forward? In The 8 Essential Skills for Supervisors & Managers, you will find some excellent suggestions and tips for improving those key relationships.


  1. “Most successful organizations have effectively broken down the walls or silos….”

    So appropriate is the word “Silos” for us here at Hilex Poly in Milesburg, PA!

    One of our published CORE VALUES for all of our employees is “Refuse to tolerate “silos!” …… rather they need to aggressively seek out any and all information they need to do their work, regardless of chains of command. “Communicate” needs to be their middle names!

    ….. and that word does not have anything to do with the mountain farmlands surrounding Central PA!

    • Thanks for your comment, Edie. Having “Refuse to tolerate ‘silos!'” makes great sense as one of Hilex Poly’s Core Values makes such great sense. And that does require everyone to Communicate, Communicate, Communicate! As David Allen says, “Virtually every problem that would show up in your business can be traced back to communications; somebody didn’t talk to somebody about something.”

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