The Wise Manager

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The new manager asks or tells people what to do and wonders, “Why won’t they do what I want?” Telling louder or more nicely works but just for a while.

The wise manager discovers what makes a win (big, long-term and small, near-term) for them then asks something like, “How can we both get what we want here?” The new manager thinks this is a colossal waste of time. But the wise manager knows that asking and telling people what to do takes much, much longer.

 

In your corner,

Mike

Bad, Good, and Great Leaders

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Bad leaders try to keep things as they always have been. They mostly push and struggle. Good leaders try to enlist others to create the better ways or better world they envision. They are generally positive, usually effective, but may push and struggle, too. Great leaders focus on the present. They are curious and tickled to see how it all (the situations, us, our goals) will unfold. They help us create the future we envision.

Be great. It’s in you.

 

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Mike

 

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How Managers Evaluate

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There is a world of difference between, “I’m not sure about him. He’s doing a bad job.” and, “That was an error. I’m sure you can fix it and avoid it in the future.” Same goes for, “She’s an ace.” versus, “I am delighted at how you synthesized everything for the client.”

Managers must evaluate. They struggle when they focus on the merits of the individual. Great managers focus on behavior. And speak about the behavior specifically, directly, immediately, and often.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Note I didn’t say anything about “bad managers.”

PPS: You can so do this.

 

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Great Managers

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Great managers at all levels value and build

people, because everyone wins when each person on the team does well,

systems, so that we operate as smoothly and effectively as possible,

mission, since we need to know where we are going and that where we are going is meaningful and important, and

self, because the organization reflects the wisdom and development level of the manager.

 

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Mike

 

 

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This is What a Manager Does

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What is the job of a manager? Conventional wisdom says that managers hire and fire, assign work, coordinate work across the team and between teams, ensure team members are present and working on assigned work, and handle unusual situations, special requests, and other emergencies.

If our work were repetitive grunt work, then a conventional manager would be fine. But there is no more grunt work. We and our work have enjoyed a broad evolution over the past half-century. Today, every job demands people who think and act for themselves.

Our conventional understanding of management hasn’t evolved to keep up. Today, managers get to set the goals and standards. They still hire and fire. They coach. Mostly, managers must build and sustain an environment where the rest of the team members succeed.  The team members do the rest.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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