Operational managers don't have to be visionaries

11/1/2012 | SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership

Reading the latest leadership advice and trends may be useful for chief executives, expedition leaders and military officers -- but for James Lawther, it's distracting. "I am a simple, straightforward operations guy," Lawther writes in a blog post. "To run an operation well, you need a person who is ... determined to do the simple, straightforward management stuff" rather than trying to take "the latest leadership fad" and make it work when it's really not necessary. To be a good operations manager, you need to do three things, he explains.

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