Hey, managers. I want to hear from you.
That’s right. Instead of you putting up with what I have to say, this week I’d like to hear what’s on your mind. And here’s what I want to know:
What do you want?
What would make your job easier, better, or more satisfying? What, in other words, is the one thing that would be of most help to you, as a manager?
The reason I ask is because I’m not sure I really know.
That may sound strange considering the nature of my blog, but most of what I understand about what actual, practicing managers want is from my own (and admittedly limited) personal experience. And the rest is second-hand – much of it coming from reading management advice books already on the market. (And need I remind you, I’m not a fan of these texts.)
Personally, I’ve just kind of assumed you want to become a better manager…or at least I did, when I was a manager. But is this true for the rest of you? Or is what you want more specific than that?
- Do you want to get better at your job, or do you just want everyone (including people like me) to stop telling you what to do all the time..?
- Would you like to know how to get more from your employees? Turn your mediocre performers into high performers, for example? Or perhaps you’d just rather be rid of all your under-performers? Or maybe you feel that your employees are simply too demanding in general, and you’d most like to see them take the initiative more often, and become more independent?
- Or, perhaps you’d like to see your business/department/organization become more profitable? Or more creative, agile, or forward-thinking? Or perhaps more reliable? Or simply more competitive?
- Or, maybe you’d just like it if your own boss were to get off your back once in a while, and let you do your job?
So this is my question to you: What one thing would most help you?
Also, I hope you’ll forward this link to any other managers you might know; I’d like to hear from them too.
And even if you’re not a manager yourself, but were at one time, let me know what you think (or why you left the role?). Or, if you’ve never really considered becoming a manager, I’d like to hear why managing doesn’t appeal to you.
Thanks. I appreciate it.
See you next Friday…