04 Aug

Managing Effectively, Yourself First!

Leadership is all by example and that is what I have understood and learnt till now. Starting in childhood at the age of 6 or 7 years, the first time my teacher choose me to be a class monitor and then when the college election parties used to win me over for their campaign so that they can win my block and now while leading multiple teams with vivid roles and responsibilities in the corporate world this is what I have learnt again and again. The biggest chapter in leadership I have learnt comes from my association with the spiritual path I follow (http://knowthyselfassoul.org). While doing social work there I have leaded more than 300 people who all are voluntaries. In my personal experience working with voluntary is far tougher as they have no fear of getting FIRED. With my age and the number I lead it was a personal achievement for me. But it was all too easy as I always practiced “LEAD BY EXAMPLE”. Hence I have always started everything from myself!

One of the key items I have seen people discussing most of the times and especially managers is “effective management”. As a manager we all love to talk about this again and again to our teams but we are most of the times aware that we lack it ourselves. I am sure if we know our teams are also aware of the lacunae and hence our teams don’t take this subject seriously. As I cannot fool myself always I have tried to find out ways to self improve but it all starts by identifying what is going wrong, which is the most difficult part. It is extremely hard for anyone to find own mistakes and this has been a challenge for me also. With time and practice I have learnt that if we do a self introspection regularly we can surely find some indicators that point us to the problems. What I have learnt with my personal experience that always indicate me for a time to improve my management efficiency:

  • The number of disagreements with your team are increasing (disagreements may never be close to zero)
  • Delivery is late or it never happened.
  • We delivered but it is of no use (I know you got it :o)
  • You sit late in office
  • Your team is spending too many extra hours
  • Many of the team members are leaving
  • Your team members suddenly started becoming more aggressive in behavior
  • Etc.

I knew just like me you will also say that there are many other factors too. I agree! But we (managers) are also a factor among all others. Just spend time alone and ask yourself for an answer every time this thing happens. In my personal humble experience we managed something in an inefficient manner that we are facing these issues today or will face them tomorrow. I very well remember few years ago while working in India how working late become a fashion and than a habit. The team used to work late; after starting the day late we used to have more than 6-7 tea/smoke brakes, a lunch and a long walk brake followed by some gossips. The day used to start everyday in actual at 3PM (till 4 some meetings here and there :o) and then go to home at 11 PM or late. Most of us will fire this down as more like just a team problem but in actual it was not. It was all supported by the manager as we were accompanied by every time. Finally as this was a habit it never died but the team died and many carried the habit to other groups.

“Effects live far longer than the act” hence I personally believe that as the charity begins at home so does the effective management!

  • Monica

    A very well written article, to say the least.For me leaders find “opportunity” in every situation, whether its an opportunity to learn, grow, seek, retrieve or Lead.Would like to add a few personal notes to your thoughts which i admire 🙂 . 80% of our outcome depends on the psychology and only 20 % depends on the ground work.A very famous example “Colonel Sanders” who dint give up even when more than 1100 people declined his chicken recipe, where he just offered to receive a small part of the profit.He finally sold it! His idea is an example today. A manager has to be a rock psychologically.A very effective manager always follows the law of vision. A ship without a destination lands nowhere.To reach the destination it has to apparently move in a pattern.Unless there is a goal there cant be a pattern.Another example could be a football player who would want to score a goal in the highest level world cup game.For that he needs to abide by the law “cause and effect”.Cause:Thought,attitude, practice, determination, persistence, acquiring the skill, developing the skill, more practice again persistence would lead him to the effect:GOAL.My personal experience is marked with some daily points which i noted after work as ‘learnings for the day’ positive or negative, which i could keep in mind in the same situation to avoid or to abide by them. Moreover, management is all about acquiring new set of skills.”The pattern of thinking and learning which has bought us to this point would not take us any further “.For that a transformation or revision of the set patterns are needed.People to undergo this transformation and hone it practically to their full potential for they need practical training.We provide that. Do let me know about my views, i am Monica Doshi from LMI- India.

    • Hi Monica

      Very well said by you and wonderful examples. I appreciate your comments and totally agree with them. You have provided wonderful examples that really prove to be supplementing my words. I especially liked the habit of “learnings for the day’ positive or negative” that you have shared over here. I would really appreciate if you can share some tools or methodologies that you use or recommend for implementing.

      This will really help me in person and the readers.

      Regards.

  • Monica

    A very well written article, to say the least.For me leaders find “opportunity” in every situation, whether its an opportunity to learn, grow, seek, retrieve or Lead.Would like to add a few personal notes to your thoughts which i admire 🙂 . 80% of our outcome depends on the psychology and only 20 % depends on the ground work.A very famous example “Colonel Sanders” who dint give up even when more than 1100 people declined his chicken recipe, where he just offered to receive a small part of the profit.He finally sold it! His idea is an example today. A manager has to be a rock psychologically.A very effective manager always follows the law of vision. A ship without a destination lands nowhere.To reach the destination it has to apparently move in a pattern.Unless there is a goal there cant be a pattern.Another example could be a football player who would want to score a goal in the highest level world cup game.For that he needs to abide by the law “cause and effect”.Cause:Thought,attitude, practice, determination, persistence, acquiring the skill, developing the skill, more practice again persistence would lead him to the effect:GOAL.My personal experience is marked with some daily points which i noted after work as ‘learnings for the day’ positive or negative, which i could keep in mind in the same situation to avoid or to abide by them. Moreover, management is all about acquiring new set of skills.”The pattern of thinking and learning which has bought us to this point would not take us any further “.For that a transformation or revision of the set patterns are needed.People to undergo this transformation and hone it practically to their full potential for they need practical training.We provide that. Do let me know about my views, i am Monica Doshi from LMI- India.

    • Hi Monica

      Very well said by you and wonderful examples. I appreciate your comments and totally agree with them. You have provided wonderful examples that really prove to be supplementing my words. I especially liked the habit of “learnings for the day’ positive or negative” that you have shared over here. I would really appreciate if you can share some tools or methodologies that you use or recommend for implementing.

      This will really help me in person and the readers.

      Regards.

  • Monica

    A very well written article, to say the least.For me leaders find “opportunity” in every situation, whether its an opportunity to learn, grow, seek, retrieve or Lead.Would like to add a few personal notes to your thoughts which i admire 🙂 . 80% of our outcome depends on the psychology and only 20 % depends on the ground work.A very famous example “Colonel Sanders” who dint give up even when more than 1100 people declined his chicken recipe, where he just offered to receive a small part of the profit.He finally sold it! His idea is an example today. A manager has to be a rock psychologically.A very effective manager always follows the law of vision. A ship without a destination lands nowhere.To reach the destination it has to apparently move in a pattern.Unless there is a goal there cant be a pattern.Another example could be a football player who would want to score a goal in the highest level world cup game.For that he needs to abide by the law “cause and effect”.Cause:Thought,attitude, practice, determination, persistence, acquiring the skill, developing the skill, more practice again persistence would lead him to the effect:GOAL.My personal experience is marked with some daily points which i noted after work as ‘learnings for the day’ positive or negative, which i could keep in mind in the same situation to avoid or to abide by them. Moreover, management is all about acquiring new set of skills.”The pattern of thinking and learning which has bought us to this point would not take us any further “.For that a transformation or revision of the set patterns are needed.People to undergo this transformation and hone it practically to their full potential for they need practical training.We provide that. Do let me know about my views, i am Monica Doshi from LMI- India.

    • Hi Monica

      Very well said by you and wonderful examples. I appreciate your comments and totally agree with them. You have provided wonderful examples that really prove to be supplementing my words. I especially liked the habit of “learnings for the day’ positive or negative” that you have shared over here. I would really appreciate if you can share some tools or methodologies that you use or recommend for implementing.

      This will really help me in person and the readers.

      Regards.

  • Manmeet Singh

    I like what you have said finally, “

    • Thanks Manmeet, for appreciating. This is one of the key areas where I have seen that even a minor improvement helps a lot in building the rapport with the team.

  • Manmeet Singh

    I like what you have said finally, “

    • Thanks Manmeet, for appreciating. This is one of the key areas where I have seen that even a minor improvement helps a lot in building the rapport with the team.

  • Manmeet Singh

    I like what you have said finally, ““Effects live far longer than the act” hence I personally believe that as the charity begins at home so does the effective management!”
    I appreciate it.

    • Thanks Manmeet, for appreciating. This is one of the key areas where I have seen that even a minor improvement helps a lot in building the rapport with the team.