Podcast Episode 18 – Are Managers Useless?

The Growth Whisperers is a weekly podcast hosted by Brad Giles and Kevin Lawrence two advisors to mid-market businesses, one Australian, one Canadian, who each work with CEOs and Leadership Teams across the world with a mission to build enduring, great companies. Each weekly episode covers interesting situations and questions from the world of strategic planning, leadership development, talent and hiring in high growth entrepreneurial companies where real results matter.




Are managers useless? – Kevin and Brad discuss an attempt by Google to remove all managers based on an early belief held by some of Google’s leaders and engineers that managers are, at best, a necessary evil, and at worst, a layer of bureaucracy.

Upon learning the importance of managers a research team subsequently proved that great managers produce happier and more productive teams. Kevin and Brad talk about the ten things that great managers do as identified by the research team – and provide examples from their own experiences.