Posts Tagged ‘developing managers

15
May
13

a letter to my managers


blogletterbossWe often read poignant letters from a parent to a child, an elder to a junior, a husband to a wife. These heartfelt notes contain the most important pieces of wisdom each individual gleaned over the course of a lifetime. But did you know that these can be just as effective when pouring out your professional passions to your work family?


I literally work to make the world a better place. That is my professional calling, to live tremendously and to help others to do the same. In order to accomplish this, I need a team as committed to and passionate about leaving this world a better place as I am. My father taught me that it is so much better if someone reads and thinks something for themselves versus having someone “tell” it to them. I often get questions from leaders across the world, in all different settings, asking what they can do to motivate their managers.


There are three little pamphlets so full of life-changing wisdom that I guarantee if you read these and incorporate their teachings, not only will your professional life change, but your personal life will too.


Here are the three things, and the three reading recommendations, I want to share with managers and I dare not wait until my final day at work to do so!


FIRST, I expect you to be a visionary because I expect you to want to grow upThePriceofLeadership in our hierarchy and not just show up. If all you want to do is draw a paycheck, then you are not devoted to this organization’s strategic vision. Vision is simply seeing what needs to be done and doing it. So few managers take any action without their bosses telling them it needs to be done. This is tiring for a leader and will ensure the organization stays stagnant. Please step up and do what needs to be done before I tell you. I know you see it. So act.


Reading Recommendation: The Price of Leadership, by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones


CommonDenominatorofSuccessSECOND, I expect you to resolve the difficult issues. I can guarantee you that 99 44/100% of these problems will be related to personnel issues. We all see them; we’re not blind. I can hire a robot to take care of the clerical or manual tasks. I need you to address and resolve the personnel issues. I need you to deal head-on with any issues affecting the professional interaction and development of the team.  I hear so much blame dumped on leaders for the poor performance of their subordinates, when in fact the leaders often have several layers of managers who are paid to deal with these issues. If I have to tell you to take a personnel action, you’re not doing your job as a manager.


Reading Recommendation: The Common Denominator of Success, by Albert E.N. Gray


Third, I expect you to take immediate action when I bring an issue to your AMessagetoGarciaattention. I do not expect you to look at me with a puzzled look or to ask “why” or “how”? I expect you to dig into the issue and research it if you are unfamiliar with it or have limited experience in how to resolve it. Find someone who knows or figure it out yourself.  In the eternal words of Elbert Hubbard, I expect you to “Garcia” it. Asking “Why” never worked as a child. Asking “why” or “how” in a professional setting when the boss assigns a job to you can be tantamount to committing career suicide.


Reading Recommendation: A Message to Garcia, by Elbert Hubbard


Disengagement in the workforce is a chronic, global disease. If reading and incorporating these three life-changing classics in your organization doesn’t get your managers engaged in your professional mission, you need to make some serious changes; otherwise, you won’t get there from here. And just to guarantee your success, we’re offering all three of these career-enhancing classics for under $3. It doesn’t get any better than that!

 
 
31
Jan
13

read to succeed

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Books, books, good for the soul

The more you read the more you know.

The more you know, the more you achieve

So read great books, if you want to succeed!

 

Do you know how much reading it takes to make a difference in your life? A few words are all it takes; and then a few more words and pretty soon you’re spouting this stuff off in meetings or to friends and they are marveling at your brilliant insights.

If you are paid to manage people or to lead a team; if you have direct reports; if you are responsible for getting the resources of various people garnered toward one common goal, then listen very carefully: Reading is not an option for you.  Those under you leadership depend on your judgment and your wisdom to lead them to their individual and collective success.

Do you want to improve? Do you want to improve the lives and status of those under you? If the answer is no, my advice is to immediately go to your HR or supervisor’s office and resign. There are two ways to learn at work : through On-the-Job Training and through the influence of various bosses, co-workers, and subordinates. In short, the people you meet and the books you read.

If you immerse yourself in corporate manuals, instructions, and regulations you become knowledgeable and this is good. But anyone who’s ever sat in the leadership chair for one minute knows that productivity has more to do with how you influence people for the good of the company than with any individual interpretation of a corporate document.

I can remember as a young Captain in the Air Force when a crew chief came up to me. I knew the regulations cold and could recite them in my sleep. We had the best statistics of any unit in the Department of Defense. But when he casually told me that people knew that I was really smart, but sometimes the problem was in how I came across, that bullet went straight to the heart.

You see, people really don’t care what they know until they know you care. I used to think such mantras were touchy-feely hogwash for people who weren’t very smart.  Chalk one up to immature leadership skills. Thank goodness I realized that knowing how to do a job let’s you drive it, but knowing why drives you! And once you’re in the driver’s seat, you can take the team exactly where they need to go with a much smaller chance of wrecks and detours.

So here’s a great way of showing your team that you’re not only a smart, but a very enlightened leader that is intent on truly making the work environment a place of growth and encouragement. Check out our Corporate Read to Succeed Program. For ten dollars per month per employee, you can all learn and think together and find ways to take your establishment to a whole new level! And check out some of the comments by trainers, managers, and speakers that have already seen the transformational power of books at work in their organizations!




Tremendous Tracey


CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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