When you work alone you’re free to do things as you see fit, when you’re working with a team it’s a different story. It doesn’t matter that you’re the manager if you try to impose your methods on your team you will find yourself either doing the work alone or with never ending conflict. Continue reading
Everybody wants to be a manager today, but not everybody is qualified for the job. Some people think that being a manager is the same as being the boss, that’s just stupid. Some think that being the manager means that everyone has to do as you say, that’s even dumber. Being a manager means knowing your team’s strengths and weaknesses and combine them to get the optimal result.
I hear managers whining all the time about workers that are awesome at their jobs but are constantly a few minutes late to work. Is the person doing his job? Is he putting in the hours? Then what is your problem? This isn’t a perfect world, we’re not all robots that perform exactly as you want us to. All you can hope for is good enough if you’re getting something better you have no right to complain. A good manager leads by example not from his corner office.
Your job as a manager
Your job as a manager is to solve problems for your team. Is someone not performing? If so why is that? Your job is to find the problem even if the team member doesn’t recognize it. And find the best solution to get him back on track. Remember your just one person, you can’t do everything yourself. But you can take a step back, see the process, and optimize as you see fit. Your indicator is the bottom line, is the company making more money? Is it running more efficiently? If so you’ve done your job, if not you did nothing. Screaming at the top of your lungs at your team will do nothing to change that.
Good managers are not just respected by their team but also loved. And if you ever find yourself in a bad spot your team will have your back, working long hours as needed. Those are your only two indicators, the bottom line, and your team’s admiration. If you have both your an awesome manager if you have only one your ok. Crappy managers lack in both.
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In every organization, there are two types of managers. The ones who sees management as a status that they can use to control people. And the ones who use their position to improve everyone’s performance. Empowering your team will get you a lot farther a lot quicker. Continue reading
By now we all know this the model we have been living with doesn’t work. It’s built to keep you living like an employee and making somebody else rich. While digging yourself a hole you will most likely never get out of.
The first step to changing this is to set your own expectations. To carve your own path in the world and make sure it leads to the place you want to get to. Not to somebody else’s dream.
Doing that is so much simpler than you think. Haven’t you ever had that gut feeling that you hate doing what you’re doing? Haven’t you ever felt that you want to just leave and do something else?
The reason most people won’t follow that feeling is because it’s going to be hard. Nobody says it’s not, but you have to decide for yourself. Are you going to try to live your dreams and have a chance to make it? Or are you going to put your head down and continue to be abused by people that are way less intelligent than you are.
I’m not willing to go through all that for all those years, just to say that I survived. And if you’re anything like me you’re not going to take that crap either. So how are we going to do it? Together! That’s why I started this blog in the first place.
Whatever it is you decide you want to do, good luck. And if you need my help in any way leave a comment below I’ll be happy to help.