Tuesday, September 16, 2014
10 things that make you a sub par manager
Anyone that knows me knows I have had my share of troubles with management. I've tried my hand at it myself and I consider management to be one of the more difficult jobs that's out there. Before you managers go patting yourselves on the back, I often think that management is given not to people best qualified for managerial positions, but rather as a reward for performance in an area OTHER than management. This happens all the time. Well, if you have managed for a while and wonder how you are doing, consider this list.
10 - Everywhere you go, conversation stops - One of the true hallmarks of a micro manager is things stop happening when you are around because they are afraid they are doing it wrong according to you. If you have a way or method you want things done, Outline it and make it policy. Don't let people go about their business and correct them as they get things wrong. Sculpting by subtraction is an art. Managing by the same means is folly.
7 - You feel like you can't trust anyone - You have noticed that there isn't one opinion you have that isn't right, there isn't one move that isn't brilliant. But in retrospect, those same opinions and moves appear to be rather pedestrian. You want honest opinions but for some reason nobody gives them to you except the one or two people that always do and they are the ones that think everything you do is right. Remember the employee reviews you aren't giving? That might be a part of it. Remember asking for opinions but always going with your own? There might be something there. Remember that blowup you had in front of them? Hmmm... Clean up your act King Henry. Often this is the trappings of the office, but you should be able to find a way to communicate with your employees that will engender trust.
5 - People quote/namedrop you - This may not be a sign of bad management, but rather something that a good manager should quash. When people name drop or quote in order to make their task seem more important than they believe it is, it indicates that they do not believe that anyone else will believe it's important enough to cooperate for. Often this is also a method to 'fast track' a job that would otherwise take longer to complete usually amounting in a disruption of the flow of work. If you name drop yourself by intervening in your departments daily work flow and by force of your position request 'emergency' actions, you are doubly guilty of the name drop because you are doing it yourself on behalf of yourself.
Ok, based on my years of office experience, that's more or less what I've observed. One man's opinion. But at least it didn't cost you 24.95 at your airport newsstand.