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The Most Common Management Mistakes and How to Correct Them

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Posted 16 June 2011 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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The most common management mistakes and how to correct them

Most people share the same mistakes.

We do the same, wrong things.

As a result, the "wrong thing" becomes "normal behaviour", and as such, seems to be acceptable behaviour.

BUT consider this:
Statistically, the number of excellent examples of ANYTHING is only 16% or less, of the whole sample.

That means that 84% of any set or group is of only average quality or worse.

That means:
If you choose a dentist at random, then the chances are only about 1:5 that you will find an excellent dentist.

Or putting the same point the other way: the chances are 4:5 that you will be in the hands of a NON excellent dentist, or worse!
Sad but true!

This is a mathematical fact: based upon study of the "normal distribution curve".

Here is the point:

  1. Normal behaviour is not excellent
  2. Excellent behaviour is not the norm

If you are content to put in only a "normal performance", then you can expect only average wages or worse!

The best returns go to those 16% of people who do not act in the "normal way": and they take home a more than average return or excessively better.

Here is the second point
Stop interpreting common, normal behaviour as "The good".
Start seeing normal behaviour as NON excellent.

Step-up your own performance two gears, by taking the following two steps:

  1. Identify the normal, common mistakes
  2. Replace them by excellence: disciplines and habits that will raise you into the top 16%

What are some of the normal mistakes?

Here are some to consider:

  1. It is common to worry excessively over the future
  2. It is common to be late for appointments
  3. It is common to say the wrong things and cause ill feelings
  4. It is common to have poor nutrition

How would you fix these?

Let's look at each one and fix it.
It is common to worry excessively over the future

Worrying excessively over the future is caused by the mental habit of generating "possible but unproven disastrous future scenarios" and then reacting to them as if they were real.

The result is to fill your mind with fear and worry which, over time, burns out your soul circuits.

The antidote is to do the opposite.
I.e. "generate a multitude of possible, but unproven, positive future scenarios" and then react to them as if they are real.

The result will be that you will fill your mind with enthusiasm and confidence, which over time, will strengthen your soul circuits.
And that will put you in the top 16%

It is common to be late for appointments

Many people arrive late, for appointments.
They do it habitually.
They do it for years.

The net result is that they lose all credibility as a serious contender for the more responsible tasks.

If you can't keep yourself on schedule, then what are the chances that you will keep the big project on schedule?

Answer: Less than 16%

The antidote is to PLAN AHEAD!

Factor into your plan, the fact that unknown things will and MUST happen.

Please note the difference between "random "and "unpredictable" events. Unpredictable events are not random

i.e. Occasionally, unexpected events will occur and mess up your timings.
That fact is utterly predictable.

i.e. You must expect things will sometimes go awry: and therefore you must factor that into your schedule.
i.e. If the journey takes 20 minutes under ideal conditions, then give yourself 30 minutes to do the journey.

You should gain the reputation of being on time or slightly early for appointments. Otherwise, your reputation in the marketplace will be seriously impugned.

Go ahead. Make your day!
Put yourself in the top 16%. It is common to say the wrong things and cause ill feelings For your consideration: Here are two categories of language:

  1. Language that gains the cooperative effort of others
  2. Language that does NOT In life, one of your goals should be "to gain the cooperative effort of others"

Why?
Because you can't know enough to succeed on your own.

Take the following steps

  1. Make a list of all the things you often say, that you know you should not say
  2. And then stop saying them!

Next, take the following additional steps

  1. Make a new list of the things you DON'T say, but you know that you should say more often.
  2. And start today! Use the language that will help you to gain more cooperation and goodwill.

Put yourself in the top 16% of communicators

It is common to have poor nutrition In today's society, 84% of people eat:

  1. Too much, or
  2. The wrong things, or
  3. Too much of the wrong things

The net result is that it is common to be:

  1. Overweight and /or
  2. Lacking in energy

In science," Energy" is defined as "the capacity to do work".

In order to work well and to have more energy, you should eat well and in the correct amounts.

Set limits on the number of times you eat in any 24-hour period

Look at the quality of the food

You should make the distinction in your mind between:

  1. Nutrition and
  2. Food

Eat for nutrition, not for entertainment.
Eat for energy.

Put yourself in the top 16% for physical vitality and health.
And then, all will be well

Healthy, happy and wealthy!

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