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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Great Manager: Michael Johnson

On a recent The Great Manager webcast, we spoke with Michael Johnson, Relational Marketing Director at Compassion International.

Michael loves to watch people develop and grow. From his days as a summer camp director to his time coaching AAU basketball, he has put himself in roles where he can play an instrumental part in someone’s personal development.

Some of the best managers are continually aware of the big picture within their organization, while successfully positioning their employees into roles where they fit best. But occasionally, some people either aren’t the right fit, or they refuse to grow, and that’s when a tough decision needs to be made. Michael says the hardest thing to do as a manager is firing somebody. He firmly believes in “restoration before termination,” but sometimes there is no other way around it.

As a piece of advice for all managers, Michael says, “Let your players play the game.” By that, he means that managers don’t have to have all the answers to everything that goes on with their team. Simply put, if you give your employees the tools, environment and support to do what they do best, you will see remarkable results.

To hear Michael talk more about the best practices that make a great manager, watch the full video above.

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Michael is the Relational Marketing Director at Compassion International, a faith-based, child development organization that helps more than 1.5 million children in 26 countries. Prior to his current role, he served as a camp director and is a longtime AAU basketball coach. 

Michael’s top five strengths: Competition | Ideation | Arranger | Includer | Woo.

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