How To Survive In Management
Being a manager is a tough task, even when things are going well and the opportunities for development are available.
The following pointers should help you to navigate the stormy seas of management and to come out of the whole process a better person for the experience.
- Know what you want and go for it – otherwise anything will do and will get you nowhere.
- Play to your strengths and use them wisely, but never overplay them or use them in the wrong situation.
- Never rationalise your weaknesses or be prepared to just accept them. Work systematically to overcome and eliminate them
- Shield your weak points from view – design jobs and situations that do not show them and call on others for help when needed.
- Be an excellent listener and get people talking.
- Know the unwritten rules of the organisation and learn the informal ways of getting things done.
- Always know that your interpretation of events and facts is subjective and will be based on other’s opinions.
- Check your first impressions of people’s motives and intentions against available facts.
- Move out of your comfort zone so that you have to develop new and different skills and competences.
- Understand the dynamics of conflict and always look at things from the other person’s point of view.
- When you do not get your way, stay calm. Accept what cannot be changed and bide your time.
- Make friends and allies, form collaborations of shared interests and concerns. Do this with your peers, friends and even people that you do not like.
- Always listen to the mavericks and people on the fringes as this group will tell you what you do not want to hear, but which is vitally important.
- Look out for the cunning and devious players in the organisation – do not let yourself be played by them.
- Stay in touch with reality, networking with as many people as possible.
- Never neglect or underestimate your boss.
- Only make enemies as a last resort.
- Practice good self-control, including your language, and never lose your cool.
- Develop qualities and behaviours that others will admire.
- Be assertive but not aggressive. Express what you want clearly and calmly.
This might sound like a big and daunting list to follow but it will guarantee your managerial success – be aware that others around you will be following something very similar so make sure you present yourself in the best possible light amongst your competition.
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