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Posted 12 August 2013 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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Three ways to be a better manager

If you are a manager, then your role, at work, is to do and say all the things that will induce the rest of the team to be more productive, more efficient and happier.
In fact, that may be your role in life; your role in life may be; to induce yourself and other people to be at their most productive, efficient and happy.

How could you do that?

How could you manage yourself; how could you manage everything you do and everything you say, so that you will induce yourself, and others, to be as happy, and as productive and efficient as possible?

Here are three ideas that could help you to accomplish your mission.

1. Operate according to your plan not your mood. Don't be a moody individual

Many people are driven by their moods. They are not driven by their plans. They don't even have a plan. You hear many people say, "I don't plan. I can't plan, because things keep changing all the time and so there is no point. So I just go with the flow; and I go with my mood."

This sounds good, "go with the flow". But what if "the flow" is flowing down the drain? And you are going with the flow. What if the situation is bad and you have no plan? What if you need to prepare and you are not in the mood?

I want to recommend the opposite philosophy. It sounds like this:
"I do have a plan. I plan because things keep changing all the time, and without a definite plan, one would not have a method for deciding which actions are more important than the others.

Without a plan one would be in a state of uncertainty and doubt. And if the situation is bad I need a plan to avoid trouble and to steer a course through to calmer waters.

And if I need to prepare but I am not in the mood, then I will ignore my mood and get the books out and prepare.
If I am ill prepared I am more likely to fail. So, I will choose my plan over my mood, every time.
I will operate according to my plan not my mood."

2. Create and sustain a positive mental attitude

A positive mental attitude is a form of thinking that results in more optimism, more emotional energy, more confidence and more motivation.

A positive mental attitude may be developed by recognising that every problem or difficulty consists of two sets of elements.

  • Elements of the problem that you can do something about. The Can-Do portion of the job.
  • Elements of the problem that you cannot do anything about. The No-Can-Do portion of the job.

The positive person understands that there are always some elements in a problem that he can do something about. And he-she starts there! At the Can-Do portion of the job.

Positive people do the Can-Do portion of the job.

They focus their mind on The Can-Do portion. They figure out what they can do and they pour their energy into doing whatever they can do.

And, as they pour their energy into The Can-Do portion of the job, that area starts to expand. And as The Can-Do portion of the job, starts to expand, the NO-Can-Do portion, starts to contract: to shrink and shrivel.

Eventually, by pouring all the energy into The Can-Do portion of the job, the NO CAN DO portion eventually is crowded out, completely, and is gone.

This is the essence of the positive mental attitude.

The negative mental attitude acts in the opposite way.

A negative mental attitude is a form of thinking that results in more fear, worry, anger, bitterness and resentment.

A negative mental attitude may be developed by recognising that every problem consists of two sets of elements.

  • The Can-Do portion.
  • The No-Can-Do portion.

The negative person understands that there are always some elements in a problem situation that he can't do anything about. And so he starts there! He thinks about why bad luck always happens to him!

Negative people talk about the NO-Can-Do portions of the job. They focus their mind on why it happened, who is to blame, what the government should do, what the management should do, what the authorities should do. The negative person always says, "Someone should have seen this coming and prevented it".

They figure, that somebody must be to blame for this problem, and they pour their energy into finding the person responsible, and at the same time assiduously distancing themselves from the problem, and the solution.

The can do portion of the job is neglected completely, in favour of the search for someone to blame, and an explanation, as to how the problem occurred.

So, for example, if the machine is broken, he pours his energy first into discovering:

  • How it happened.
  • Who is to blame?

Please note, that knowing how the machine came to be broken, and who is the best person to blame, does not fix the machine, nor get the original job done.

The neglect of the Can Do Portion of the job is the essence of the negative mental attitude.

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3. Be a purposeful individual

Why do you do what you do?

Why does anyone do what they do?

That is a good question:

There are two fundamental ways of explaining why you do what you do.

You do what you do:

1. In order to achieve a certain purpose: (that is by definition, in the future, and exists in the imagination).
Or you do what you do because:

2. Because of certain events that have happened (those are, by definition, in the past, and exist in the memory).

Here is the point:
Try to act according to your purpose; rather than by past events.

Be a future orientated, purposeful, person.

Don't be a person who is acting by reference to what has happened or by reference to past conditioning and memories.

All successful individuals are successful because of their ability to create, in their imagination, a future purpose, that acts as a guiding light, and around which, all their plans are organised.

All successful people are able to forget their past glories, and past mistakes, and keep their inner eye facing into the future, in order to pursue some idealised vision, that does not yet exist.

All unsuccessful people don't do this. They do not use their imagination to evoke their emotions, instead they use their memory. They act (or more accurately, they Re-act,) because certain things have happened.

So, for example, a person in re-action may say, "I said it, because I was angry about the way I was so badly treated, yesterday".
Notice that the action (saying it) was explained by reference to two previous events; (1.being angry, and 2.being treated badly).
Strive to do things for a future purpose.
Strive not to do things simply because certain events have happened.

Being purposeful is better because the future purpose is decided by you. You have control over the purposes that are operating in your life. And you can always change your purposes, at any time.

Being events driven is not so good because you cannot control events, you cannot control your past, and you cannot change the past.
So if you want to be more successful make this your mantra.
I am a goal focused individual. I am guided by my vision for a better future. I am not governed by past events.

When dealing with others don't ask them "why?" they did something.

Instead, ask them two distinct sets of questions.

  • For what purpose did you do that? What were you trying to achieve? What was your intended goal?

And then ask:

  • What caused you to do that? What events happened that led up to your action.

Can you see that each question will provide you with a different class of answer?

  • The first set is about intended purpose.
  • The second set is about historic events.

Try to encourage others to be goal focused, intended purpose, individuals too.

Summary

How could you manage everything you do and everything you say, so that you will induce yourself, and others, to be as happy, productive and efficient as possible?

  1. Operate according to your plan not your mood.
  2. Don't be a moody individual.
  3. Create and sustain a positive mental attitude. Focus your mind on The Can-Do portion of the job. Figure out what you can do and pour your energy into doing whatever you can do.
  4. Be a goal focused individual. Be guided by a vision for a better future.
  5. Don't be governed by past events.
  6. Ask others two distinct sets of questions.
  • I. For what purpose did you do that? What were you trying to achieve? What was your intended goal? And then ask:
  • II. What caused you to do that? What events happened that led up to your action?

Thank you.

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