Do You Have What It Takes?

January 2, 2019

The 4 basic management functions that make up the management process are:


1.    Planning
2.    Organizing
3.    Controlling
4.    Influencing 


Are you a good manager? Surprisingly, many managers think they are well suited for their roles but, possess many traits that are actually counterproductive to inspirational management and leadership. They are often good at planning, organizing, and controlling but significantly lack the people skills which are the most crucial of the basic functions.

 

The competitive climate that exists in corporate America today demands only the best people at the helm. So let’s take a hard and very blunt look at some facts:

 

You’re probably not a good manager if... 

You hire people to perform a job, and then you handicap their success through disempowerment and undermining limitations. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You compromise your trustworthiness and credibility by publicly speaking poorly of others. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You allow social cliques to develop that create disharmony and resentment within your organization. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You address poor outcomes by blaming others. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You fail to be responsive and diligent with customer and coworker follow-through.

 
You're probably not a good manager if...

You don’t provide consistent feedback, both positive and negative, to each member of your team. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You are typically not the first one to arrive and the last one to exit. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You show favoritism and you are not fair and equitable in how you treat your team. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

Your communication skills are lacking or do not show interest, empathy, and genuine concern for all members of your team. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You don't occasionally lie awake at night dwelling on how to improve the quality of your team’s work experience. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You don’t grasp the concept and the importance of providing first class customer service. 


You're probably not a good manager if...

You refuse to listen or take other’s advice in trying something new or outside of the box when things are not working as planned.


You're probably not a good manager if...

You have a need to put people down and make them feel bad as a result of your own insecurities. 


So are you really a good manager? Only you can answer that. But I hope I have provided some framework here towards your 2019 success.  Happy New Year! 

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