I’d like you to take a few minutes out of your day and think about your personal philosophy regarding your work environment.
Are you working as an individual, or as part of a team? Is your team operating independently or in conjunction with all of the other teams your company employs?
As a manager, you need to develop sharp conceptual skills. These allow you to view your organisation as a whole, viewing the abstract workings for a better understanding of how the entire operation works.
No one person can stand alone, nor can one team. Your job is to be capable of viewing each person or team as an individual while maintaining a broader focus on the overall goals that each must work together to achieve. Each person or group feeds into the next until, ultimately, the job is done.
Ask yourself these questions:
* Are you working alone, or do you delegate to your team?
* Do you consult with other managers, or consider them separate because they have different job functions?
* Does each team within your organisation function independently, or do they interact with each other and have a good understanding of the tasks each complete?
If you’re thinking with a limited frame of mind, it may be time to pan out to a wider view. While the small tasks are important, you’ll find that they’re more effective if everyone understands how they contribute to the larger overall picture.
It’s all about being able to think in the abstract.
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Originally published: 31 July, 2008
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