Question of the Month:
If you could improve your skills in one area, what would it be and why? How do you think this would make you a better manager?
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Be a better coach.
I need to be better at taking my emotions out the big picture.
I would improve my skills in the area of dealing with difficult employees and disciplining employees. I think it would help me to keep a calm, cool, collected head. I am a hard manager and this change would allow me to get better productivity from my staff.
Counceling. I believe a good manager has to be a good councelor to help others grow.
Allocating time to identify and communicate with stakeholders. Staying current with their needs and preferences as a project evolves. Making adjustments. Building trust. And keeping stakeholders informed at a level appropriate to their responsibilities.
My comfort level with technological changes. I can out type many and produce a quality end product with the best of them, but technology just has the "brain freeze" moment affect.
I would like to improve my skills when dealing with helping others to improve. Whether it is their behavior, their skills needed for their particular job, or just a simple change in routine that I know someone is not going to like, I have a hard time. I do lots of thinking, planning, considering that particular person's personality,their needs and so on. I still seem to be unable to hit the nail on the head and get that somewhat negative message out there to leave a positive result. While I am talking, they seem to be fine,but inevitably even the best emloyees seem to hold grudges and mumble underneath their breath. This really does concern me. If I could figure out what I was doing wrong, I'd be a lot better off, therefore the department.
Transitioning from a manager to a leader, managers administer, leaders influnce others. This would make me a better person overall. One way to do it, self development.
Motivating and influencing staff performance.
It would be learning the business. I am a strong manager, but lack the respect from 'long term' employees as I do not know their business as well as they do. I am not accepted since I come from outside and haven't walked their walks or held the many postions over the years they have, so how could I possibly understand? They depend upon me in many ways, but don't necessarily respect me in my position.
Terminations. Always a difficult subject.
Sometimes I have to slow myself down in order to clarify or explain an idea to someone with whom I'm working or to whom I'm delegating. My mouth sometimes can't keep up with my brain!
If there were one thing I would like to improve it would be my listening skills. I believe the better we hear a matter, the more likely we are equipped to respond to it rather than reacting to it.
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