I hate being a manager!

TweetAt a recent presentation on management skills, as part of the opening I asked the group who is currently a manager and of that group who knows they do not like managing.  It was great to see an honest and open response with one attendee quite animated about detesting being a manager. As the event progressed I overheard the manager proclaim his frustration about getting work done, “I...
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Management Coaching Moment #7

TweetManager:  He’s come across as though he understands the importance of getting the work done, i.e. providing the service to the client, but when we it comes to our weekly meeting, the work’s not done and all I get is, “Oh, I didn’t have time.” The thing is, I know he had the time; I know he knows that the client-specific work is the core of his job; I know he...
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Management Coaching Moment #6

TweetI responded to a question asked in a discussion forum and as I read the question, I thought to myself, ‘if I had a dollar for every time this type of question gets asked, I’d be very rich.’  Although not strictly a coaching moment, it certainly is akin to many coaching (and training) moments I’ve had with managers. The content is as it appeared in the discussion,...
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Management Coaching Moment #5

TweetBased on a real management coaching moment: Manager: I attend a specific agency meeting which I know one of my team could go instead of me but I don’t want the other meeting attendees thinking that I think I’m too busy or too important to attend that meeting.  What should I do? Me (Coach): I have two questions for you: 1.  Do you know for sure what the other meeting attendees...
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3 Success Tips for Leaders in New Management Positions

TweetI was recently interviewed by Irene Ross (and Jay Singh on camera) from Miracus, here it is. (Apologies for background noise.) Let me know what you think; please share your 3 success tips! [youtube width=”500″...
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Management Coaching Moment #4

TweetAnother real management coaching moment: Manager: The team mood is really off at the moment.  I don’t understand why they’re so angry: the last time we had to make big changes around here, the board made the decisions and directed us managers to make it happen, the staff ended up going on strike because they weren’t consulted. So this time, we spent weeks and weeks...
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