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Where can I find a good management training course?

Where can I find a good management training course?

As a good manager you need to be able to get the best from the others around you. But in order to get the best from the others around you, you must first learn how to get the best performance from yourself.

I.e. If you cannot manage yourself then you have NO chance of managing others.

So how can you best manage yourself?

The first thing to do is to define your terms:
in a business context, what does "self-management" mean? Self-management is the art of controlling the :

  • Contents of your mind
  • Content of your language and
  • The quality and quantity of your actions so that they will harmonise to create a productive working atmosphere around you.

How would you go about developing these wonderful attributes of mind, language and action?

Answer: Divide the problems into subsets and work on each subset as a distinct skill. As follows:
Self-management is the art of controlling the contents of your mind

This section divides into two subsets:

  1. Your knowledge bank
  2. Your attitudes

Your knowledge bank is the store of specialised information and experience, that is specific to your industry, that you can bring to bear on your business problems.

If your knowledge bank is empty, then you won't make good decisions and you will become inefficient.

If your knowledge bank is full, then you will make accurate decisions and you will become more efficient and effective.

So study!
Study and learn your craft!
Remember the wise saying: "Fortune favours the prepared mind".

Self-management is the art of controlling your attitudes

Your attitudes have a profound effect on your results, because your attitudes affect your actions. (i.e. everything that you say and everything that you do!) Your attitudes are the sum total of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs about any person, group or issue". Generally, here is how attitudes work:

  1. Attitude (thoughts and feelings combined) affect actions.
  2. Actions create results.
  3. Results reinforce thoughts and feelings.

Negatively it works against you like this:

  1. Dis-empowered thoughts create poor emotional states.
  2. Poor emotional states create poor personal actions.
  3. Poor personal actions create bad results.
  4. Bad results reinforce dis-empowered thought.

Positively attitudes work for you like this:

  1. Empowered attitudes create resourceful emotional states.
  2. Resourceful emotional states create improved personal actions.
  3. Improved personal actions create better results.
  4. Better results reinforce empowered thought.

The wise Thomas Edison said:

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.

Pasteur said

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My only strength lies in my tenacity." Self-management is the art of controlling your language

Your results are based on two things:

  1. Everything you do
  2. Everything you say

"Everything you say" is a weighty component of your success or failure.

You can divide your communication into three classes:

  1. The things you say that help
  2. The things you say that don't help
  3. The things you say that are actively harmful The things you say that help

This class contains the following:

  1. Talking optimistically about the goal
  2. Talking about how you can achieve the goal
  3. Honest praise
  4. Enthusiastic and inspiring words

The things you say that don't help

  1. Failing to talk about goals and talk about the football instead.
  2. Failing to talk about plans and talk about movies instead.
  3. Failure to praise and appreciate others.
  4. Failing to inspire others.

The things you say that are actively harmful

  1. Complaining, bitching and moaning about things you can't change.
  2. Complaining, bitching and moaning about things you CAN change - but don't.
  3. Unfair criticism and unfounded pessimism.
  4. Jokes at the others expense. The advice is this: USE ONLY CATEGORY 1 SPEECH!

Self-management is the art of controlling the quality and quantity of your actions Your results are based on two things:

  1. Everything you do.
  2. Everything you say. "Everything you do" is a weighty component of your success or failure

You are paid for results not for effort. It is not enough to be a hard worker. There are plenty of people who work hard and end up penniless; flat broke and depressed. You must be more than a hard worker: it is better to become an effective worker: i.e. a thinker!

Edison said: "Being 'busy' does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be: o forethought, o system, o planning, o intelligence, and o honest purpose, As well as perspiration. Seeming to do, is not doing."

Ayn Rand said it like this: "Capitalism demands the best of every man- his rationality - and it rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him."

Aristotle said it like this: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. I say like this: Remember that over the long stretch, people who are operating in a systematic, organised and planned way: are far more productive than an equally intelligent person who is operating in an UN-systematic, DIS-organised and chaotic way. Try hard to distinguish between being merely 'busy' and instead try to be more 'productive' Make the 'busy but non-productive day'- your most hated enemy.

Summary of main points

If you cannot manage yourself then you have NO chance of managing others.

How can you best manage yourself?

  1. Study and learn your craft!
  2. Self-management is the art of controlling your attitudes.
  3. Remember the wise saying: "Fortune favours the prepared mind".
  4. Talk optimistically about your goals.
  5. Talk about how you can achieve your goals.
  6. Give honest praise.
  7. Use enthusiastic and inspiring words.
  8. Remember that the object of all work is production and progress; and to these ends there must be forethought, honest purpose, as well as perspiration.
  9. You must be more than a hard worker: it is better to become an effective worker: i.e. a thinker!
  10. You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

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