If you’ve ever been through a layoff, downsize, right size, or “moving in a different direction,” situation, you can feel like crewman number six. You were obviously expendable no matter how much you felt you weren’t. But why were you expendable? Why did the company no longer feel that they needed your experience and expertise?
It can be lonely at the top. If you’re a CEO/business owner, your employees bring their problems to you, but who helps you with your problems?
Since starting my business, I have come across many small business executives who would consider their companies to be on the right track. I have even helped some of them up to a point and I have had a few who decided that they didn’t need any help. But they all did!
Managing employees is an art. In my 30 years of working for large, mid-size, and small companies, I have had some of the worst managers imaginable. I have also had a few very good ones. Unfortunately, the bad ones outweighed the good ones. There are several books, articles, and papers that show you ways to be a good manager. Here are ten characteristics of a bad manager:
Congratulations! You’ve just been promoted to manager. Or, as a business owner, you have just promoted someone within your company to manager. With this promotion comes new responsibilities. The most important and most challenging of these new responsibilities is that you probably now have to manage people. Many people seem to think that managing/mentoring/coaching others is not that big a deal. Those people make very bad managers. Managing people takes time and effort; and if you want to be good at it, it takes knowledge, practice, and experience.
Managing people can be extremely rewarding. It can also be extremely challenging. I have often said that managing people is not easy and it is not for everyone. Managing people takes time and effort. So, if you are not interested and prepared to put in the time necessary to be a good, effective manager, you should not be managing people.
There are so many things in life that are outside of your control. This is as true in business as it is in life. In such cases, what you do next can have a profound impact on your employees, customers, vendors, and your entire business. These are the unexpected things. The unplanned things. The, “I wish that hadn’t happened,” things.
It’s fun and interesting to think about the decisions we’ve made in the past and if we could go back in time, which ones we would change. And what kind of effect the change would have on our and the future, and why we would change them?
Time management is one of the most difficult challenges we face. There never seems to be enough time to complete all that we need to do. Some of our time management difficulties are due to things that are outside of our control. Other time management difficulties are because of things that we do – things that are destined for failure before the day even begins.
There are moments each day where we are all faced with situations that we wish we didn’t have to face. As a business owner, you are faced with business decisions based on something or some things that didn’t go according to plan such as irate customers, mistakes by employees, errors by suppliers, or constant interruptions.