|If we're managers, then
regardless of our title we are responsible for managing people. This
means that those skills known as "Soft Skills", the ones
supposedly difficult measure are your biggest asset. If I'm a project
manager then my success at delivering projects on time has little to do
with my knowledge of project management technology and nearly everything
to do with my ability to manage a group of people into a high
performance team working together to met that deadline. Ultimately, soft
skills deliver hard benefits.
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|Truth Pick #159
Never tell people how to do things.
Those managers attempting to control every thought and action, minimize their power to leverage. A good lever doesn't exert effort, it channels effort to a single point of action.
To attempt the control of effort is ultimately to restrict it. Dictating a solution stifles creativity. It asserts the manager, and the manager alone has the right, or knows how, to think.
In the well intentioned effort to get it right, novice managers assume everyone else will get it wrong.
Ironically, it is usually our proven ability to get things done that raises us to management. To place that behind us, and give up control of the solution, is contrary to our nature.
Set only my destination and the world is my resource. Define the path I must walk and I can only watch my step.
(c) 2004 Peter de Jager
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