The Management Blog
Tips & advice to help you improve your performance
Do you remember the best boss you ever had?
No doubt they got results and were good communicators. But the best bosses are those we remember for emotional reasons – how they made us feel about our jobs, the company and ourselves. In other words, they were inspirational.
How do we become the type of boss who inspires others and make them feel good about themselves? Here are some ideas: Learn More
So it’s the new year and it’s a good opportunity to take stock of where you are now and where you want to be in 12 months’ time.
Many people shun new year resolutions because they normally are made without any planning and last for only a short time. But there is something you can resolve to do that will make a real difference to your year and last a lot longer than an ill-thought-out, quick resolution.
The best thing you can do this year is look after your own career prospects.
Why is that? Because you can be totally in control, you get to choose the direction and you get to see the results.
This year, take a good look at the direction your job is taking you. As yourself:
“Have I got to where I hoped to in my career progression? Have I achieved what I have set out to do? What direction can I plan for 2011 to take me?”
This could imply long-term planning, and that’s sometimes better than planning to lose weight or give something up. It requires you to take stock of where you are now, where you want to go and what the rewards will be for it.
There is a saying that goes; “In one, three or five years, you will end up somewhere. The question is, is it where you want to be?”
You can control the direction you end up going. It’s your career, your future. Now is a good time to make those plans for your own personal development and ensure they end up going in the direction you want. Plan immediately for how you’re going to make this year a successful one for you and your team.
From myself and my team at MTD; A very happy, prosperous, safe and successful 2011.
Want some motivation to end the year and start the new one kicking and raring to go? Try this one… If you feel you need a little external motivation and a bit of a kick sometimes, Nick Vujicic will provide it for you. Thanks again Sean Sean McPheat Managing Director
Leadership is one of those qualities we all know we need to develop but wonder how we can apply it every day at work.
According to Vadim Kotelnikov, who carried out a survey on leadership roles, there are a number of main qualities that people look for in their leaders, and I’ve listed them below:
Charisma Great Communication Energising People Competence in the Job Vision Now, in what order do you think Kotelnikov’s survey placed these, in order of importance to people working for them? Many people would assume that all five are very important, which, naturally, they are.
But his survey showed there was a definite leaning towards certain attributes above others. Top of the list was having a vision.
Especially in these trying times, vision is a key attribute followers want from their leaders in business. Vision is a short and inspiring statement of what your organisation intends to become and achieve in the near future.
It provides purpose and motivation to all who buy into it. It’s inspiring when someone who you look up to creates a vision that you want to aim for and can have confidence in realising.
Next on the list was Energising others. How would a leader do that? By setting the example and living the ethics of integrity and honesty.
People will follow that kind of leader wherever he takes them, and it doesn’t matter what position the leader is in the company: character says more about a person than anything else, because that is where results come from.
Third in the survey was great Communication. It’s simply not possible for a leader to inspire others unless their communication skills are honed and tested. People follow the example of leadership, so by communicating effectively with all stakeholders in a business, a leader shows their abilities in all areas.
Next came Competence, closely followed by Charisma.
The survey shows that the soft skills are of more importance than the actual ability to do the job. It follows that Charisma, although a desirable trait for a great leader, is something that is not an absolute necessity in order to be effective.
People don’t need passionate, inspiring speeches to motivate them; it’s more about how leaders get the best out of their people through intrinsic motivation.
So when you are wondering about how to get the best out of your people in the future, remember this survey and consider how you have communicated your vision for your team so that you energise them effectively.
That way, you have covered the top three qualities that people are looking for from their team leaders.
The UK version of The Apprentice showed how important it is to prepare for a meeting.
By preparing well, you make yourself valuable to the company. If you don’t prepare well, you can end up making yourself look foolish and having your ability questioned.
Take a look how Joanne Riley fared in her interview. Bear in mind that this was three months into the process of Lord Sugar trying to find his next apprentice…
By identifying what might come up in a meeting, you prove yourself proactive and creative. By winging it, you prove yourself unprepared and unable to cope.
Michelangelo once said ““The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”
I’ve always loved that quote as it epitomises what we as managers should look out for if we are to continue our development as inspiring leaders.
It’s true that the greatest enemy of excellence is ‘good enough’. When we think we’ve reached a particular level, we oftentimes say that we’ve done enough and should stop there. That’s the danger that Michelangelo was warning against…the tendency and habit to do just enough and then stop.
Does this mean you have to continue and go on and on relentlessly, never stopping to take breath? Of course not! It means we have to be aware of our potential at all times and not allow ourselves to be drawn into the ‘good enough’ syndrome, when you know in your heart it could have been a little bit or much better.
Let me ask you, what are you aiming for in your job? What are you capable of? Are you really tapping into your potential, or have you settled for being ok, average, the ordinary Joe or Jo, mediocre and run-of-the-mill?
Someday, you’ll look back on your career and have to answer the question, ‘did I do my best? Genuinely? All the time?’
Only you can answer that. And only you can grasp the opportunity to be the best you can be, so that you aim high all the time, rather than aiming for mediocrity and achieving it.