Three Reasons Why You Won't Be a Successful Manager
When you look around in corporations, you see many mediocre and poorly performing managers. I guess you don't want to be one of those.
But what do you have to focus on to belong to the top 10 percent managers?
Granted, there are a lot of obvious and well-known things you should avoid which you can read everywhere, such as:
- Not having clear goals.
- Not having a plan.
- Working too inefficiently.
- Giving up too early and too easily.
- Not taking responsibility for what happens in your life.
- Getting distracted too easily.
- Being too much focused on work and too less on results.
- Not being self-confident.
However, there are a few major obstacles not many people focus on, but which are immensely important for success in the long run:
1. Focus on the big results in the long-term future. Do what is necessary now.
Tasks that can be finished quickly and easily usually have small results. You know that in order to gain the big results you have to undertake the big and uncomfortable tasks which pay off in the long run. This is the idea of sowing and reaping or of investing and bearing interest.
If you want to be successful, think of the big results that you want to gain in the future. Ask yourself what has to be done today to achieve this. Don't focus on the easy tasks with immediate, but small or insignificant results!
By the way, when planning your day it is always the best to START with the big tasks. There is a very good book on that topic: "Eat that Frog" by Brian Tracy.
2. Continue learning. Never stop.
This actually is the same idea as mentioned above, but in a more specific way. Learning is like sowing or investing: You acquire new knowledge and skills that improve yourself and enable you to become more productive and to complete bigger or more complex tasks or problems. This will lead you to bigger payoffs.
Open your mind to new ideas, expand your horizon! That's very easily done alongside your job, as you can study with books, audio books, and distance learning at any time.
3. Be both practically oriented and theoretically founded.
Management is an applied science. It is not a craft and it is not a technique alone. Organizations like corporations are complex social entities consisting of many different elements and relations between them. These complex entities are embedded in even more complex environments. There are many causalities and contingencies you need to know in order to work successfully. You cannot solely count on your own practical experience which is based on single cases.
There are many people who argue that life is a trial-and-error process. Well, it is. But do you have to make the same errors others have made before you? Isn't it better to draw on others' previous experiences? Isn't it better to know concepts and principles that are empirically proven on a large scale?
Mankind doesn't have to reinvent the wheel every day. And you don't have to develop all the (already existing) management knowledge all over again. Better learn it from the experts.