Sunday, April 17, 2016

Helping new Managers Focus their Enthusiasm.

New managers are excited about their jobs and are many times willing to do what it takes to succeed. The problem is that in their mad dash to fulfill the obligations of their positions they end up being counterproductive to the goals of the organization. By helping managers understand their basic responsibilities, and the importance of these responsibilities, they will better able to stay on task and improve their organization value.

We all want to feel as though we are accomplished individuals and often push to complete as much work as we can. In this process of getting it all done in a short time frame we end up going down all different paths that don't help us in the long run. We waste time and this impacts how we are viewed as a manager.

The first step in any new business is to understand that position before moving onto new and unique tasks that raise our status. If we don't really understand the position or what the expectations are we might be spending time in unrelated tasks and with continuous misalignment making ourselves seem less valuable to the organization.

Secondly, once you understand the expectations and have mastered your position you will then want to ensure that your pet projects really have value. The last thing you want to do is waste a lot of time and effort on things that don't add value and could be counterproductive to the success of your new position.

Finally, it is wise to see the difference between the forest and trees. Many managers are task oriented and complete task after task without spending enough time on the quality of their outputs. Move beyond task orientation to the successful completion of your project. Few will remember whether it took you two days or two weeks if it is a pet project. Make sure you give yourself enough time to have a solid end product that "wows" your bosses.

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