Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Resolutions for Managers and Supervisors

  1. I will not manipulate people and pretend that I'm withholding information for their own good.

  2. I will not automatically assume that anything that is good for me is also good for the organization.

  3. I will listen more and talk less. Much less.

  4. When I listen, I will listen for what they mean, not simply what they say.

  5. I will expand my network of informal advisors in order to gain a wider and perhaps more seasoned or fresher perspective.

  6. I will consider how the things that I do well may be damaging my team.

  7. I will seek anonymous feedback from my employees.

  8. I will avoid petty disputes over turf.

  9. I will drastically reduce the number of staff meetings.

  10. I will do what I say I will do and will avoid overpromising.

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