Aim to perform through continuous improvement
In one of the sessions during our Leadership development program, a participant asked me “How do you know when you are ready for management?” A very interesting discussion ensued which I have attempted to summarize below.
Being a successful manager is very challenging because the majority of your results are not dependent on you. You are dependent on the members of your team to give their best. You cannot do everything yourself, so you need to learn how to delegate and co-ordinate activities. You need to learn how to enable the team around you to deliver. Management is definitely not for everyone. It is difficult when everyone looks to you for answers, because you will not always have them.
Before you plunge right into management, it is important to be clear on what would be expected of you (other than your normal job description).
How much time do you spend in meetings? Would you classify the majority of the meetings that you attend as value adding or as a waste of your time? As with almost anything in business, we need to be sure that we are spending our precious time effectively. Any time spent in a meeting, is time that cannot be spent on other (sometimes more value adding) activities. Good meetings do have a place – they can enable organizations to take action and make decisions with real time data. Follow our five step plan to help you optimize meetings in your organization:
It is that time of the year again where many of our clients are getting ready to complete their annual performance appraisal cycle. This is a process that (in many companies) seem to bring with it feelings of dread, when in fact getting honest, clear and constructive feedback is critical for personal development and realizing your full potential. It should therefore be welcomed and embraced with excitement.
Whether you are required to give feedback or to receive feedback, here are some guidelines to help you get the most out of your performance appraisal process: