This months "thought" is about what managers are really for.
What ARE they really for?
Are they, perhaps, just for solving the problems that are too big for their team to handle?
Does a typical day for you consist of:
meetings, problems, tasks for the boss, and some minor admin?
all of the above are reactive tasks - you arrive in the office and your day is controlled by everything and everyone around you.
So I was thinking, there must be more than this, and what would a proactive manager do? - what does the person who gets ahead of the game do in THEIR day?
Ideally management would be about:creating the environment for people to be able to run things, changing things so that they improve,
changing things so that the system can cope with changes in the external environment (this might be customers, competitors, or technology).
this would involve thinking about (and talking with others about) the following areas:
Customers - who are they, who should they be, are they happy, what will they be wanting in the future?
Overview:.Time - mine - how am I doing?
Project Management - are projects properly managed?
You could sum all these up by saying that ideally a manager would be proactive. Of course you still have to sort out all the poo, but if you can say that you're 25% proactive on average then that's pretty good.
I know it's quite a long list, but they are all areas that need to be thought about.
But even if you picked one or two of them as a result of this, then that would be good.
I'll probably go into more detail on some of the above on future tips. (And any requests might be listened to!)
onwards and upwards!
Autumn approaches, but are we downhearted? No, because we love bonfires, conkers, kicking through dead leaves, log fires, and who knows, maybe the in-laws won't turn up to Christmas this year....?
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