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The Undermanagement Epidemic 2019 | Bruce Tulgan

By Bruce Tulgan

New Haven, CT, 3.11.2019 The undermanagement epidemic persists. And it is hiding in plain sight in nearly every workplace.

It may be harder now than ever before to manage people. Bruce Tulgan and RainmakerThinking have identified five key reasons why:

  1. The intensity, complexity, and pace of work is increasing
  2. Hiring and retention challenges mean most organizations are understaffed in key departments
  3. As organizations have removed unnecessary layers of management, the managers who are left are responsible for larger and larger teams
  4. Managers are under more pressure to increase productivity and quality from their teams
  5. More work is handled in interdependent working relationships and cross-functional teams


With all the meetings and metrics, it may seem like management is everywhere. What is missing in most workplaces is the human element of management: managers providing direct reports with the guidance, direction, support and coaching that they need to succeed. The vast majority of managers are still struggling to provide the high-structure, high-substance coaching that helps employees do their best work. When managers fail to provide that structured leadership, person-to-person, it exacerbates the very factors that make it hard to manage people in the first place. As a result, too many managers are stuck in a vicious cycle of undermanagement. But most don’t even realize it.

Undermanagement can be difficult to identify. But it is critical for employers to recognize undermanagement in their organizations, teams, and leaders in order to remain competitive in 2019 and beyond.

In RainmakerThinking’s latest white paper, The Undermanagement Epidemic 2019, Bruce Tulgan identifies the key causes of undermanagement, its real bottom-line costs, and the vicious cycle nearly 90% of leaders and managers find themselves caught in as a result.

About the Author: 
Bruce Tulgan is an adviser to business leaders all over the world and a sought-after keynote speaker and seminar leader. He is the founder and CEO of RainmakerThinking, Inc., a management research and training firm, as well as RainmakerLearning.com, an online training solution. Bruce is the best-selling author of numerous books including Bridging the Soft Skills Gap (2015), The 27 Challenges Managers Face (2014), Not Everyone Gets a Trophy (2009; revised and updated edition 2016), It’s Okay to be the Boss (2007; revised and updated edition 2010), Winning the Talent Wars (2001), FAST Feedback (1999), and the classic Managing Generation X (1995). His work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world. He has written pieces for numerous publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Harvard Business Review, Training Magazine, and Human Resources. Bruce also holds a sixth-degree black belt in classical Okinawan Uechi Ryu Karate Do. He lectures periodically at the Yale University School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife Dr. Debby Applegate.

About RainmakerThinking, Inc.:

RainmakerThinking, Inc. is a management research, training and consulting firm and the leading authority on generational issues in the workplace, founded and run by best-selling author and internationally recognized management expert Bruce Tulgan.  Since 1993, their research has included hundreds of thousands of participants from hundreds of organizations in a wide range of industries. RainmakerThinking continues to pursue three ongoing longitudinal studies: The Generational Shift in the Workforce (since 1993), Leadership/Management/and Supervision (since 1995), and Human Capital Management (since 1997).  Based on this ongoing research, RainmakerThinking has provided assessment, training, and consulting services for more than 300 different organizations ranging from the United States Army to Wal-Mart.

For more information, please go to: www.rainmakerthinking.com

or contact Liz Richards, Director of Creative Content: lizr@rainmakerthinking.com

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