Top Ten Questions to Measure whether you’re a Top Manager!!
Ask a manager what kind of boss they are the typical response is: "I do a good job." Amanager will often respond by saying: "I'm able to get things done. I accomplish goalswithin a specified time period and I utilize team members effectively."Ask team members or employees the same question about what kind of boss you are, andyou'll probably get a very different answer! Too often, we don't ask employees questionsthat if honestly answered, we'd learn a great deal from. If we'd ask questions that weweren't afraid of hearing the answers to, we'd learn enormous amounts. An inquiry of thiskind could have tremendous impact on our personal and professional development byhelping us to identify areas for growth based on our listening to of others.Think about it. As much as you enjoy appreciation and validation, don't you learn more fromdifferences of opinion?Here are some questions from the book "First Break All the Rules" (Marcus Buckingham andCurt Coffman & the Gallop Organization) that have the potential for opening new horizonsfor growth if you listen carefully to the answers. Take action on the responses. As you do,you'll be upgrading your communication and managerial skills - becoming a top manager inthe process!(Hint: you must precede your request for employees' opinions by demonstrating yourcommitment to a learning environment. If people don't feel safe, they won't speak theirminds. It's up to you to create an environment that allows for freedom of ex-press ion forpositive gain. Give permission and create a space for employees to speak their minds. Thebenefits will be worth it.)"As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the peoplehonor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate. When the bestleader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves'."
The questions are:
1.Do I know what's expected of me at work? Not only in terms of actual job function,but in a systemic context as well. Other questions include: Am I expected to changethings or maintain the status quo? Am I expected to come up with new ideas, orkeep my mouth shut? What is expected of me given the culture of my organization?2.Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?3.Does my supervisor care about me as a person?4.Do I have the resources I need?5.Have I recently received recognition for good work?6.Is there someone who encourages my development?