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We Fired All Our Managers And Why You Should Too!


After reading the title of this blog, you must be thinking. “What? Are you nuts? How could you fire all your managers? What’s going on there?”

Before I explain our philosophy, let’s quickly take a look at the definition of a couple of key words.

Manager: a person who has control of an institution, business.

Leader: a person who guides, moves and/or inspires others.

We don’t need people to horde control at Roma; we need people capable of inspiring others, guiding and mentoring them. So we got rid of the mangers and hired great leaders.

Managing is a task or a duty; something that a person does because it’s their job. Whereas leading is a privilege and an opportunity to improve the lives of others while simultaneously experiencing a journey of self-discovery. I can tell you from personal experience that leading is far more fun than managing and achieves far greater results.

Managers are associated with policies, performance reviews and groveling for time to be with your family. Leaders are associated with the greatest feats in our history.  Martin Luther King and Gandhi didn’t manage movements that changed the world, they lead them! Leaders create opportunities and facilitate change.

A School Of Leaders

Imagine for a moment that our schools were full of leaders instead of teachers. I’m not suggesting that our teachers don’t possess leadership qualities, the opposite in fact. I say we remove the title of teacher and replace it with leader. What kind of an impact could that have on the next generation of leaders?

At Roma, we’ve removed the word manager from all jobs titles. The transformation has been tremendous. Enabling a trusted ally to lead, rather than manage has produced extraordinary results. We have high expectations of our team members and as previously mentioned we only hire the best. I can tell you that the best aren’t interested in being managed but are yearning to be led.

“The right people don’t need to be tightly managed,” said Jim Collins. “The right people are self-disciplined, self-motivated, self-managed or self-obsessively driven to make great results; they are self-learners. As we wrote in Good to Great, the moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you might have made a hiring mistake.  Guide them, yes. Teach them, yes. Manage them, no.”

Dare To Be Bold

The above quote from one of my favorite authors perfectly articulates my sentiment. I realize it can be scary to place that amount of trust in someone. You’ve spent years or generations building your business and caution is appropriate but avoid trepidation.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz eloquently once said, ““Early on I realized that I had to hire people smarter and more qualified than I was in a number of different fields, and I had to let go of a lot of decision-making. I can’t tell you how hard that is. But if you’ve imprinted your values on the people around you, you can dare to trust them to make the right moves.”

Leaders aren’t born, they’re made and you can start developing leaders in your company today. Here are my tops three resources that will help you and your team become better leaders.

1.  Must watch Ted Talk – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

2.  Must Read – Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz

3.  Must attend Event – Leadercast

Can you remove the title manager from your company? If you can’t, you may need to invest in leadership.

The Chatter:

I feel truly blessed to spend my days in the company of such outstanding leaders.

Posted By Gordon Thain 6 years ago


Posted By Paul 6 years ago

Great article. If you need more evidence just look at any successful sports organization; you’ll will be sure to find great leaders rather than managers.

Posted By John Laurendi 6 years ago

Amazing! Love the Title and Love the Article great action recommendations too love it!!! Go team go! Keep making the amazing difference you make for the Roma Team, their families, the industry, and other companies in Canada and te world 🙂

Posted By Giuditta 6 years ago

Loyalty is like a bouncing ball. It drops from the top and, if propelled with enough force, it’ll make its way down from leadership to employees to customers and back up again.

What I appreciate about Roma is that my leader is encouraging and shows loyalty to our team, allowing us to expand our ideas creatively and be proud to extend that loyalty to our customer base through the marketing materials we create that are tailored just for them.

Ultimately our efforts are reciprocated by our customers through their fantastic comments and engagement online and we again feel proud to pass the metaphorical loyalty ball up through the leadership ranks.


Posted By Kevin Burke 6 years ago

The Leadership Team Roma has in place at this time is the BEST in the industry!! Feeling grateful!

Posted By Jo Anne Garcia 6 years ago

The end results of my current Leadership responsibilities at Roma Moulding are much more beneficial to the organization, as well as personally gratifying, than my previous Management responsibilities ever were.

Posted By Al Cherpak 6 years ago

No one likes to be managed but everyone appreciates and respects Great Leaders, and the Team that are in place at Roma, are Truly Great! So incredibly Happy to call Roma Home!

Posted By Michelle 6 years ago

It’s a gift to be part of such a great organization!!!

Posted By Tania Santana 6 years ago

Or as Covey said, “you manage Things; you Lead people.”

Posted By chris 6 years ago

Like many other team members I experience every day the amazing Culture and Leadership Roma has to offer!
A great article from one of our best leaders to the world.

Posted By Gina 6 years ago

Proud to be part of the Leadership Team at Roma. We continue to be inspired by each other and our great individual team members!

Posted By Mary Malfara 6 years ago

The ultimate act of leadership is to create a culture of personal growth and development through inspiration and motivation. It’s the way of life at Roma and has developed good leaders into great leaders.

Happy to be part of the leadership team!

Posted By Lisa 6 years ago

As I begin my second year with Roma, I am still moved each day with the culture, creativity and the wonderful nature of the people I spend each day with. From our leaders to our partners, and every one in between!!

Posted By Doris 6 years ago

There is a whole new world out there, when you begin to lead your team instead of managing your team! Roma has an amazing culture that is so contagious that you don’t want to leave once you visit! Every leader brings something unique to the team! It’s a wonderful experience to be led by a great leader and to work along great leaders!!

Posted By Aman Randhawa 6 years ago

Working with the team at Roma allows me to have aspiration. I am grateful to be a visionary part of a company that has a culture and leadership that allows for a voice to be heard. Roma has always been the trend setter in our industry. Love Roma Moulding and I love working for this great company! Thank you!

Posted By Dakota 6 years ago

Great info! If more companies adopted this philosophy, perhaps the workforce would contain a great deal more happy people! 🙂 Roma has been the best transition in my career!

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