Many of us believe in the cliche “experience is the best teacher”. But we don’t need to experience everything to learn. We can also learn from other’s experience. Thus, everyone needs a mentor.
As a young manager, it’s important to find a mentor who is willing to share his/her lessons that he learned from the past; someone whom you can consult in some if not all challenges that you encounter. These are people who are not afraid that someday you can be better from them. They love to see people grow and succeed. read more…
I learn a lot each day in management…and my hope after posting about a hundred lessons in this blog is to write a book. Dreaming BIG, trusting YOU Lord.
It was an early Monday morning, I got a missed call from a client at 5:29am. Oh my! What a way to wake up. We have a scheduled project to go live last Sunday with this client. Due to some propagation delay (and some internet problem), moving to production was not completed as expected.
I arrived early at the office. I was there at around 8:20 (office hour is 9am) and immediately received a phone call from the client. Following up, requesting for update, etc. plus two quite lengthy emails in my mailbox. I didn’t read the mail completely and just started working on the project to catch up with our schedule. (Feeling safe and calm because I stated in one of my emails that moving to production is from Sunday to Monday – the latest). read more…
As a manager, it is important to understand that everyone has a need to succeed. In order to keep going and improve our self-esteem.
I attended a seminar entitled, The Need to Succeed event at Victory Greenhills last April, 11, 18, and 25. It was another mind-disturbing seminar for me. The principles and teachings to succeed are not new, yet I normally forget to apply them. As I grow older and as I hear them more often in various seminars, the message makes more sense to me.
Few important principles about success from Ardy Abello, Chinkee Tan, Ptr. Jayson Lo – the speakers are:
“Success is 10% skill and 90% character” read more…
As a manager, you are accountable for your team’s performance, shaping up a good culture, giving appraisal and reprimands and the like. However, ‘though you are accountable on these things, it is not the manager’s sole responsibility to do them. It is necessary to share responsibility to your subordinates.
Sharing responsibility does not only lighten the load of a manager it also:
- Increases team members’ self-confidence and self-worth
- Encourages them to perform at their best
- Recognizes their value and contribution in the team’s performance
- Develops them to be more responsible individuals and
- Prepares them to management post in the future.
Communication is a very important element of management. Wherein managers (not only managers actually) in various industry, nature of work and position uses different jargons in communicating with others. Thus, it is important that there is a common understanding of the expressions that we used to effectively deal with our fellows, clients, and the like.
Here’s a repost from TechRepublic Project Management Blog on project manager’s expressions:
The 10 most cryptic project management expressions
by John Sullivan
1: Manage the white space
The term “white space,” first used in 1849 to mean “the areas of a page without print or pictures,” has come to mean “an area between the work.” That translates to vague or undefined responsibility and requires negotiating with another entity — a department, division, vendor, or strategic partner — to persuade them that they do indeed have ownership of a task or process that affects your project.
In this article, Handling Criticisms: Part II, criticism is defined as “somebody’s opinion of a situation, action, or person that he or she wants to share with you.”
As manager, we often receive criticisms from our fellow managers, our staff, our superior, our family, and from the society where we live in. Usually, this criticisms really hurt our ego, some annoys us, and affects our actions and thinking. read more…
This is on-the-job MBA, remember? This isn’t easy. Every lesson needs proper understanding and most of all apply it in appropriate situation. It should be practiced to be effective.
When mistake is committed, make sure not commit the same mistake again. Correct it once found out.
Every day, do your homework and learn your lessons.