How to be a Good Manager

Good ManagerRecently a manager-client challenged me. “There are too many problems. It’s too much effort and struggle to be a good manager. I don’t want to work that hard. Why should I bother anyway, the world isn’t going to change?”

I couldn’t tell if it was real or if they wanted to hear me defend the effort and provide facts? I went with the facts. I’m a coach, after all.

First off, I’ve been “in the chair” long enough to know without any reservation that facing problems is the only thing you can count on, guaranteed to deliver a return on investment that is greater than any effort. You always get more. Sometimes all you have to do is show up!

How Managers Grow

We learn, grow, evolve, and change when we face problems head-on. When we ignore or sweep problems under the carpet, they don’t go away. They fester while weighing on our mind. Only wine gets better with age. A good manager knows he/she has to work at it every day.

The process of meeting and solving problems is part of the equation that makes a good manager and what makes management meaningful. Problems call forth our courage. They require our involvement, our wisdom. It is only from bothering with problems that we learn and grow.

Addressing workplace problems gives us (and our team) a sense of progress, which implies value and contribution. Progress, value, and contribution are fundamental to human existence. They are at the root of every good manager.

Good Manager

When we avoid the difficulty that comes from facing problems, we deny ourselves the growth that problems demand from us. If you stop growing and become cynical, the next step is ineffectiveness, then it could be depression. Maybe the “why bother rub” is the caution tape trying to get your attention.

Typically, it’s the pained and starved people, the ones who come from nothing that make the most significant impact. Those who have more seem to be stuck, burdened, more likely to be unhappy and cynical. If you feel that your soul is bruised and you can’t keep pace with life’s problems, use this little book to get beyond your past. You cannot fulfill your purpose as a good manager by allowing your past to influence your future.

How to Progress

Look up, not down.  When you make yourself a victim to the “too many problems” of management, you negate or give away your freedom.

Remember the head’s up that Oscar Wilde gave us, “a cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”

Stop “pinching pennies” or holding back from investing in yourself to be a Good Manager

Rather than lament your helplessness and inertia, pivot and revel in your immense personal power. The world may not change, but your world will. I guarantee it!

Hidden in plain sight is an opportunity not so readily talked about. The power is in how you navigate the beauty and struggle of everyday life—not perfection but perfectly happy and engaged full throttle with life’s imperfection.


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