blind spots

October 26, 2009

Alarm Bells Ringing?

Life creeps up on us.

When we have the day job coming at us seemingly incessantly, we absorb, adapt and get on with it, just because we’re in the thick of it.

This is when we are at our most vulnerable.

The creep of unsatisfactory performance is hidden away from us, because we lose focus sometimes on what’s happening around us.

Indeed, we can get too close to the action to see what’s happening.

Imagine being somewhere that is similar to where you manage your team.

It’s easy to see there the positives and negatives of what they are doing, as if our senses are more finely tuned.

When we play at home, we allow inadequacies to happen, because they are beneath our radar.

Familiarity ensures that we have blind spots and miss some of the standards that we set out to achieve in our management.

Being able to stand back and see what we are achieving and measured against what we want as a manager is pretty important, especially where we have been in post for a while.

Sometimes, it helps to literally publish the standards you want to achieve, with the support and input of your team members, just so that you all know and that it’s really clear, what you expect and want.

At other times, you might find yourself doing a personal ‘quality audit’ against a checklist you have within you.

‘Just what are we achieving here?’

As you refine this approach, you will become more sensitized and able to define more quickly and easily when performance gets out of line.

When this happens, you will find that the alarm bells ring quietly and often, as you fine tune to achieve the best.

No crisis, things just get back into line as you go.

Filed under Blog, Developing Your People, Managing Me by Martin

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November 10, 2008

It’s All About Perspective (and Change, and Listening, and…)

So, America has elected a new president and it seems, a very different one at that.

Perhaps because of his ‘difference’, the expectations on President-Elect Obama are high indeed.

It’s usually true that as the ‘new manager’ (well, that’s what being a president is really!), there is a belief that things will change. Of course when you newly arrive, then that’s an excellent time to start.

The risk, when you can clear the decks with new ideas, standards and even people, is that you can alienate those around you whose support and help you need as you aim for progress.

For Obama, this is the American people. For you, it’s the team of employees you need to work with, as you make the changes.

When you are new to a position, it can be easier to make the changes that are vital. When you are incumbent already, you need to take a freash look at your weaknesses and blind spots from time to time.

If you have created good, open and collaborative relationships with your people, you can seek their guidance for those areas where you may be less than effective enough.

Taking time to get to know your people well will work well for you, as it will (dare I say it!), for President Obama.

Filed under Building the Future by Martin

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