The Difficult Job Of Managing
Managers have a very difficult role to play, not in the least the fact that they have to lead a team of people who have their own personalities, priorities and traits. A manager needs to be creative, help people increase their efficiency and productivity and do all that in a harmonious way. The key to achieving that is the fact that great managers know the different personalities and understand the things that motivate these people to do well at work. Individuals have their own thinking style, their own way of processing information, communicating, and solving problems. They find different aspects of their work motivating. Most workplace conflicts start because of miscommunication and personality clashes. By recognizing the different personality types, a manager should be able to create a harmonious and productive working environment.
Managers Need Specialized Skills to Succeed
It cannot be stressed enough that being a manager takes highly specialized skills. One of the main ones is to be a good listener. Unfortunately, too many people think that being a manager isn’t hard, and that they can simply do this because they are experienced workers. However, it really isn’t that easy. Indeed, some people are instinctively good managers, but the majority have to take the time to build up the experience they need and learn how to be good at management.
Good managers also learn from their staff, as they are the best judges of how well management actually performs. It is the staff who are able to say what managers should do in order to make them happy and, thereby, more productive as well. By engaging staff, leaders are able to learn the real dos and don’ts of management. Let’s take a look.
The Making Of Great Managers
What makes a manager great? Is it something that you are born with, or is it something you can learn? Organizational experts believe that, for a long time, we thought leadership was something that you were born with. As a result, people were often overlooked for managerial positions because they simply didn’t have what it takes.
However, these opinions have had to be reviewed, as companies started to become stagnant. The old ways of doing things simply aren’t working anymore. Indeed, it now seems that a lot of what is needed to be a really good manager is something that can be learned. Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of a really good manager. Continue reading
Where Do You Start?
If you’re working your way to eventually be a manager, you may have noted how some people have been able to progress very quickly and end up being managers in a very short time. If you would like this kind of success for yourself it will help if you to develop a number of the attributes essential to be noticed in the workplace especially if you are willing take personal responsibility for your own development; this will greatly contribute to your promotion prospects. You can’t assume that you’re going to be promoted because you have seniority alone. If you wish to take control of your success, then there are some things that you should do.
“Most management development does not involve outside classes. Management development is the overall concept that describes the many ways that organizations help employees develop their personal and organizational skills, either as managers in a management job or with an eventual management job in mind.”
What Is Management Development?
On July 21, 2012 Everything DiSC Profiles began using Adaptive Testing (AT) and a new, more sophisticated scoring algorithm to give participants the most precise DiSC style assignment possible. The adaptive testing (AT) assessment data is currently being used in all Everything DiSC Profiles to provide even more precise dot placement on the respondent’s Everything DiSC map. All of the Everything DiSC Profiles will change gradually over time to incorporate additional data and feedback. The new data will be incorporated into not just dot placement, but also into assigning additional shading and priorities on the Everything DiSC map when appropriate. Respondents will be able to see all of their priorities reflected in their feedback, even if they prioritize things that aren’t usual for their styles.
Now we’re ready to launch the AT updates to the Everything DiSC Management Profile to provide participants with the benefits of adaptive testing and align with the improvements made to the Everything DiSC Workplace and Everything DiSC Work of Leaders programs.
Adaptive testing produces more precise results, which in turn provides a better experience for the user. The biggest benefit of adaptive testing is a more precise measurement. Increased personalization based on this greater precision and accuracy leads to a more accurate profile and more satisfied participants. When the Everything DiSC Management Profile is updated on October 31, 2013, respondents will be able to see all of their priorities reflected in their feedback.