I’m a manager of things in my work. I have essentially two jobs (event planner and publisher) but when it comes down to it I manage things. I’m good at it too, which is why I do two diverse types of jobs; to me it’s all managing the moving pieces and making them work my way.
A good manager gets any project done on time, on or under budget, and meets or exceeds the expectations set. More easily said then done, sure, but is still a fairly accurate measure.
To be a good manager, I think I work by three rules:
- More information is better than less
- I’d always rather know than not know
- I hate to be blindsided
I know those look like all the same rule, but there are subtle differences. Most problematic situations have one of these in the “not following this advice” column.
Today I was surprised to find that, at least according to people I work closely with (and well with), I have at least one more rule:
- I prefer to have most of the control, most of the time
That one sounds a little less spiffy than the first three, and I guess I know this to be true, but it’s still a little hard to admit to such a strict rule. Were my colleagues to describe me in two words, I think “control freak” is more likely than “great manager”. In my mind they get to the same end result, so people should see my way of thinking and agree … and there I go trying to control things again. Bah!
How would other people describe you? Does that fit with your own description of yourself?
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