great managers

Is my manager worth a crap? How can I tell if my manager is any good?

Isn’t it strange that most people don’t know when their manager is a bad manager? When you look at all of the most recent information you have to be appalled that 82% of all managers are no good. That means that most workers, most employees, probably have never worked for a good much less a great manager.

This excerpt from Harvard Business Review shares what makes a great manager. If your manager has these talents then you know they are great managers.

Gallup finds that great managers have the following talents:

  • They motivate every single employee to take action and engage them with a compelling mission and vision.
  • They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
  • They create a culture of clear accountability.
  • They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
  • They make decisions that are based on productivity, not politics.

Gallup’s research reveals that about one in ten people possess all these necessary traits. While many people are endowed with some of them, few have the unique combination of talent needed to help a team achieve excellence in a way that significantly improves a company’s performance. These 10%, when put in manager roles, naturally engage team members and customers, retain top performers, and sustain a culture of high productivity. Combined, they contribute about 48% higher profit to their companies than average managers.

It’s important to note that another two in 10 exhibit some characteristics of basic managerial talent and can function at a high level if their company invests in coaching and developmental plans for them.

What is most interesting in reading and learning what the studies reveal is that there is another 10% of the people who are the right kind of people. These people would make great managers and are already working in these departments. But they are not the managers. They are people who are working hard, struggling within their area and are trying to be recognized and discovered but are passed by.

Now you know that out of every ten people, most likely, one will be the stuff that great managers are made of. And that means you have a one in ten chance that your manager is any good.

And just like the Harvard Business Review found out, another one in ten has many of the basic managerial talents needed to function as a higher level. Is this you? How will you hone your managerial skills? What will make you a good manager if not a great manager? Are you developing your skills by what you are reading or listening to?

When was the last time you read a book on how to be a great manager? Read a blog about being a great manager? A CD? A podcast?

Is your boss doing any of this? Is your boss involved, connected, growing?

Now you know whether you have a good manager or not.

What should you give them for Christmas? How about a book on How to Be A Great Manager!

I am Steve Sapato, management trainer and professional trainer. http://www.mentalprosperityblog.com

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Great Managers are involved! And if you think you are, think again.

One huge area where managers fail is being involved with their people. No, I don’t mean they go bowling or drinking with them. They are involved with them on a professional level at work. Now the real question is, what do I mean by ‘involved’?

Involved is a state of mind as well as a physical interaction with your entire organization. You have to make constant appearances, have constant open two-way communication. You have to listen to your people, hear their fears, ideas, thoughts, concerns. You have to stand in between them and …

Yes, I paused there. You have to stand between them and … the leadership of your company, the management that they get frustrated with, the coworkers that they get upset with, the rules that they disagree with, the things that make them unhappy at work. And you have to stand between them and those things without creating a barrier, a division or a wall the separates them from those things. You have to be the person they can go to with all of these concerns and you have to be able to calm them, salve their fears, communicate effectively with their concerns and help them see how what they do, want to do, don’t want to do can all be worked out by staying within the parameters of the norms associated with their job. And that sometimes, they will have to simply accept what they cannot change and you have to offer them the wisdom to know when that is.

You will become a great manager by communicating effectively on all of these fronts especially when they do not perceive you as having done any of those things. Then you will have become a great manager that they will support, stand by, and do things for because they will believe in you as much as you believe in them.

And all of that must be done without alienating them from any other person or part of your organization. Can you do that? Do you know how to do that? And if you don’t, then what you need to do to become that GREAT Manager is start learning how to do that by 1) Reading the right things 2) Listening to the right tapes/cd’s/programs 3) attending or associating with the right people or seminars that can help you learn and grow into the person you want to be.

And helping your people do the same things.

I am Steve Sapato and I train managers to become GREAT MANAGERS. You can learn more at my website mentalprosperityblog.com and write to me at steve@stevesapato.com for answers to yoru questions and help in becoming.

 

 

What can you learn from the GM Firings? The culture of mediocrity~

Have you been keeping up on the “firings” of certain ‘key” personel by GM over design flaws and the deaths that happened because of this ‘negligence’?

If you read the materials coming out and all of the peripheral documentation it appears that GM and loads of employees knew about the flaws and potential outcomes for as long as eleven years. Yes, I said, eleven years. That makes the fifteen people fired merely pawns in the game of profit vs safety. It makes those fifteen the sacrificial lambs that are supposed to appease the government investigation and the quench the publics desire for results.

But what has really happened at GM? Why, if it takes eleven years to come to light, are we supposed to believe in anything GM again? Is GM really concerned with our safety? Should I risk my family on anything GM?

But let’s get past the issues of safety and products. Let’s get beyond brand loyalty and history.

What I really want to know is, will next years cars be any safer? Will I listen to the rhetoric of Cogressional hearings and ‘finding’ the culprits who are responsible for these aggregious errors that were ignored for almost eleven years? Will I eever really feel like GM has understood not only what happened but why it happened?

If you listen to GM leadership, they have instituted new committes, appointed new heads of new departments meant to address the issues that led to these errors and printed new posters to post all over the place to show the employees that there is a new atmosphere for addressing issues without repercussions.

And now I ask, will this fix their problem? Will this really address the issues that have kept people silent, babbling in frustration but secretive about the failure and potential catastrophic results these issues had on the familes who were killed?

And the answer is probably not. For what is troubling GM troubles a lot of companies both big and small and that is the culture we create in our companies. The culture we have created in our society. The  culture of look the other way, don’t get involved, don’t make waves, because all it will bring you is trouble and grief.

Look at your own organization and ask yourself, can people come to me with major issues about attitudes? Yes, peoples attitudes. For it is within your employees that your company exists. It is within the minds of your employees where your company culture resides. It is within the hearts and spirits of your employees where we find whether we can communicate with safety or fear. Can we bring up new ideas? Can we show criticism of existing things without fear or repercussions? Can your employees openly affect areas that are important?

And the important question is…  how do you know what they are feeling? When was the last time you openly solicited input from all employees and truly addressed these issues with the employees? Discussed them openly and responded to them.

I recently was involved with an organization where the CEO had an open blog where anyone could post a question. Everyone saw the question and everyone saw the response ny the CEO to each and every question. It was a great concept and it worked amazingly well. He sometimes even responded to the stupidly absurd questions that some people asked. And the results were amazing. Because everyone felt safe because it was so public.

Now I ask again, what can you learn from the GM firings?

 

Steve Sapato is a management trainer and coach and travels the country training up and coming managers and staff on how to be more effective in their dealings with people and employees. You can reach Steve at QLman49@gmail.com where the Q stands for Question and the L stands for Listen. Question everyone and everything and listen to the answers. If the answers make a lot of sense with no serious flaws maybe you should consider changing your opinion instead of trying to change theirs.

What are you teaching your people… great managers teach.

When you think of the great managers that you have ever worked for I will bet one of the things that made them great was how much you learned from them. Don’t misunderstand, learning what not to do because they were so terrible as a manager is not the same as really learning from a great manager.

But think back. what made each manager great?

I think one of the saddest things I have learned over the years of training people is that when I ask this question more than half of my students will say they have never had someone they considered a great manager. I look at them incredulously and ask again but they will insist that they have never had someone they considered a great manager with many saying they haven’t even had someone they considered good.

What a sad state of affairs when so many companies have not sufficiently trained their management staff to give their employees a great managerial experience, enhance productivity, increase profits and make peoples lives better.

Remember that Mental Prosperity is your key to success and how you teach your people in the methods of Mental Prosperity will determine how you are thought of and how you will be remembered.

When I train managers I invite them to exceed their own expectations. I invite them to read fifteen minutes each day on a book on managing. I invite them to listen to some great masters on how to treat people. I invite them to sign up for Quotes Of the Day so they can gain additional insights into many different areas of their lives. I invite them to share the best of the best with their staff, to use quotes at meetings and in memos. I invite them to be specifically open to what their staff says from the feedback about these quotes. I invite them to place a suggestion box and encourage their staff to anonymously submit their thoughts about how the quotes they use affect their staff and how the staff thinks they as the managers stand up to the scrutiny of those quotes they are proponents of.

I invite the managers to offer incentives to their people for reading books about managing people, treating people, communicating with people.

You as a great manager can have a huge affect upon your staff, how they treat their coworkers, their staff and even their families! You are set up to be their teacher and everyone knows how one great teacher can change a students life. And you have that power!

Will you step up to use it is the only question. I hope you will.

Blessings in your greatness.

steve@stevesapato.com

Great Managers are in control w/o being controling

Once again we are faced with our own shortcomings. Do you know them? Are you aware? and if you think you are how, who, or what makes you aware? Do you have a partner who can be open with you about these things? Do you have coworkers who you allow to be candid about your abilities? Do you listen to the comments, wisecracks, jabs and funny comments that are meant to be funny but are also based in truth?

One of the greatest things you can have as a manager is the ability to hear someone else when they talk about you. Yes, we are all defensive. We all want to justify why we did what we did or said what we said and we all want to show others why what we did was right in our eyes but the truth is, how others see us is truly how we are.

I have a saying, crass but true, if enough people think you are an ass then you probably are.

Again the question is, are you in control of your group or are you controlling your group? I listen to so many people discuss issues of control from their leadership. Often this is called micro-managing. Do you know what micro-managing is? Are you aware of how you do or don’t do this?

The greatest challenge for a manager is to know your people. Your job is to know your people well enough, to select a team strong enough, to lead a group that is smart enough to honor each and every member, including you, by being comfortably honest about each other.

What does comfortably honest mean? It means, we all have to have this great attitude that says, “I need help, input and growth.” and with that office mantra we share with one another, at the right times and with the right attitude and care how each of us can improve. Yes, a difficult task. One that takes a great team.

So that, when it’s your turn, they can look at you, and without worrying about repercussions, they can honestly assess your performance and help you to see and understand how the team feels about how you are working the group.

This means they will keep you on track, they will share with you your issues. They will tell you if you are ‘in control’ of the group or if you are being controlling. And there is huge difference between ‘in control’ and ‘controlling’. One being a successful leader of a team (great manager) and one that will tear the team apart eventually by ruining morale, destroying creativity and stopping communication.

Now can you answer this question comfortably? Are you  in control or are you controlling your department?

 

Steve Sapato is a management trainer and speaker and trains leaders and managers they can be GREAT at their jobs by using skills and tools that can be learned by everyone.

His website is Mentalprosperityblog.com and you can reach Steve at steve@stevesapato.com for information and ideas that will help your company grow.

Were you trained to become a manager? Most managers are not… what you need to know…

Were you trained to become a manager?

Did you go to management classes taught by an outside vendor? because 90% of all in-house management training is taught by someone who has limited management training themselves and merely inherited the Training Position.

This in itself is not a bad thing but because of the nature of most companies we are all limited in our knowledge and our abilities to perform or excel outside of the scope of our experience. That means they can only teach you as much as they know. But we all know that each generation teaches less than they know so you aren’t even being trained via what they know but only what they can pass on to you.

What most companies desire is to achieve excellence in their organizations. Most understand that this excellence is achieved by utilizing their greatest resource – people. And most companies understand that the greatest loss of productivity is through the mismanagement of people and the under utilization of their abilities and skills.

Now I ask again, who trained you and what additional training are you achieving on your own?

I write this management blog for the mere pleasure of helping struggling managers learn more about how to get the most out of themselves and out of their people. I hope you enjoy reading it and forward it on to your peers.

But let’s talk about what is really happening. If you are relying on a simple afternoon training class or some video training you were required to take then you are missing the most important part of management training. The interaction. The ability to ask questions in and of a person who has suffered through many of the things you are trying to figure out. Who has gained knowledge and background after years of managing as well as taking courses from others who we can learn from. The Great Management Trainers are never boring because we have been forced to set through hours and hours of terrible management meetings, hours and hours of boring meetings because the managers didn’t know how or understand the purpose of those meetings. And we have put ourselves out there to learn from other trainers and learned that boring is not only bad but ridiculous!

Now you need to step up your game. You want the bosses to notice you? Then you need to be noticeable! You need to start showing them the results that only a great manager can achieve. And you can start that process by self training. Don’t wait for your company or your bosses to train you. Don’t wait! Take on the leadership you want by learning to be the leader they need.

Read some of my past blogs and then follow the new ones and encourage your bosses and other managers to hire a GREAT management trainer (hint hint nudge nudge) to come in and start the process to make your company into the successful and powerful organization they want it and you need it to be.

I am Steve Sapato with http://www.mentalprosperityblog.com and I have been training corporate managers for over twenty years.

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Do you believe you are a great manager? 3 questions to find out…

A study shows that 50% of all staff rate their manager as average while 20% rate their manager as good, 2% rate their managers as great and 25% rate their manager as fair or poor.

Do you know which category you are in?

Most managers when polled believe they are in the great manager category. Isn’t that interesting? Where did you think you were in that poll?

Here are eight questions to help you discover where you might be rated.

1) Write down the business related method that your people most readily use to connect within the office.

What that means is do your people connect with other employees by how volunteer to help out? Do they connect with a physical connection like putting their hand on the other persons shoulder when they talk? Do they use small gifts and bring candies or food into the office to share? Do they just spend time chatting at another’ desk or cubicle? Do they compliment their coworkers and how they might do their jobs?

You as a great manager should know the method your people utilize  to connect and if you don’t you probably need to pay closer attention before you claim to be a Great Manager.

2) When your employees have a situation and you need to discuss something with them what is your method of doing that?

It is a proven fact that when employees are called to the the managers office they immediately think it’s a negative situation and they suffer increased anxiety especially if they are notified to come in at a specific time. Then they internalize those emotions the entire time they are waiting and their productivity as well as their attitude suffers the entire time they are waiting. So if you want to talk to your employees it is the recommended method to approach them at their work station and if a more private setting is required to take them aside without the march to the ‘principals office’.

To be a Great Manager you need to understand how your employees feel and make them feel comfortable even in uncomfortable situation.

3) When there is a conflict between employees how do you handle this conflict?

So many times the managers try to get involved by telling them not to have this conflict. To get over it. To put it aside and just get along. But the real answer lies in the true approach to handling conflict. Find out the real reason it is happening. Take them both into a room, sit them down and say, no matter what you say it all stays in this room. Now, let’s find out what’s really bothering you both. Hash it all out. If you think you need an HR person in there with you, bring them! But it should be simple… finding out their differences, ironing out those things and seeing if you can help the deal with their situation.

That then is the true test of a Great Manager.

More things about what makes managers great will be coming next week. Just subscribe and get my next issue in your inbox and stop by http://www.mentalprosperityblog.comand see what else is happening.

Steve Sapato