Leaders in Maintenance: A Good Idea, Perhaps?

by Torbjörn Idhammar

Mahatma Gandhi was once asked what he thought of Western civilization. He replied that he thought it would be a good idea. The same thought comes to mind when considering management skills in maintenance departments.

Maintenance personnel often become leaders by the touch of “the magic wand.” The wand works in a mysterious way. The wand magically transforms a person who has never held a leadership position into a leader. It converts the person into a leader seamlessly without any training, coaching, job description or direction from peers. Its use usually take place around 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and magically (hence the name) transforms the person to a maintenance leader by 6 a.m. Monday. The wand may be the best maintenance tool on the market!   Continue reading →