The Fallacy Of The Player-Coach Model

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Executive Summary

Professional Sports have largely abandoned the notion that great players can simultaneously be great coaches, but businesses cannot seem to shake the idea. If you peel back the first few layers of many organizations, you will likely find scores of individual contributors who are also managing the work of other employees part-time. But these player-coaches don't succeed as managers. Either they neglect their direct reports, or they create busywork for their staff in order to justify their own managerial role. Corporations need to eliminate player-coaches just as the National Basketball Association (NBA) did decades ago.

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