5 mistakes managers often make
3. No one is irreplaceable – including you
All managers, administrators and CEO’s have a shelf life. Your position is no more secure than anyone else’s – regardless of position or title.
Do your job, and make sure that you walk the same line you ask of your staff and others around you.
Keep your challenges and difficulties to yourself … sharing office challenges involving personnel, schedules, and day-to-day office workings is not always a good thing.
When those difficulties become overwhelming, and interfere with the task at hand, present them in a business, not a personal, manner. It’s not personal – and personal issues do not belong in the work place.
Stay professional, up front, and honest, and do your job. Keep your opinions to yourself lest they backfire on you.
Here’s another example: A friend of mine had a new boss. He pulled her into the room, sat her down, and then said: “Betty, I have been told that you are straight shooter, and I need to ask you some questions. I hear there is a prevalent issue of negativity in this department, and I need to know who you think are some of the more negative people. I would like your opinion.” Betty, feeling safe, and protected as the manager, discussed freely her feelings toward a number of people in the department that were a drag on the group. Some of the information fact, but mostly opinion. Forty minutes later, the new boss thanked her and sent her along her way. Betty felt good with the meeting and since her opinion had been asked for - she did not disappoint.
Her new boss walked out of the office and advised his administrative secretary that Betty was the most negative person he had met and to draw up her termination papers! She was gone at the end of the week!