Thursday, March 24, 2011

Management Mini-Course - Lesson#1 - What the Heck is Management?

Reminder: This is a mini-course on effective management. It is a prelude to what will eventually be a full online management course taken from the seminars I've taught across North America.

You can follow it on Twitter with the hash tag #mmc and look for the coaching tip at the end of each one:

Lesson #1: What the Heck is Management -  Are You Doing it?

In order to find out the answer to this pressing question, I went directly to Webster’s – my ultimate source in definitions. 

Here’s what I found:
Manage is defined as follows: to handle or direct with some degree of skill…

Ok to handle or direct what – specifically?

Which brought me to wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the word skill … here goes: skill – the ability to use one’s knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance - learned power of doing something competently: developed aptitude or ability.

Alright, there you have it. Managing is using knowledge effectively, readily, competently, from a developed aptitude to handle or direct…AND THERE IN lies the rub.

How many managers actually have knowledge, competencies and a developed aptitude? And ….how many managers really know what they are handling and directing.

Hey if you’re a manager reading this, I’m on your side! This is yet another case for management training. Here’s my tip as it relates to this information:  I recommend you develop very precise answers to those questions.

I know that in many industries these days, those answers are moving targets – even more the reason to stay on top of them. Those answers are the keys to you being effective in your role. By the way, those answers may not even be in your job description…hum…

Coaching tip: Take the time to answer the questions - start a notebook from this mini-course. Remember - handle and direct are action verbs.  How would you rate your skill level for each of those answers.

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