Inspirational Infusion

#72 — March 1, 2015

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived; this is to have succeeded.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Greetings, Inspired Travelers:

The above quotation from Emerson is one of my favorites for it is all-encompassing in its summation of success. Great leaders — and great managers — understand that success is multi-faceted and requires much while it affects many. And, if you are a leader overseeing managers, or, if you are a manager who really wants to sprint ahead of the pack, this newsletter is for you!

What does it take to succeed? That is the question often posed. But there is another equally important question: What will put you off course? What aspects of work life and what behavioral choices will derail your career path and cause you great frustration? Well, a few things, actually.

Being a mid-level manager is one of the most challenging positions within an organization — it often feels as if you are the filling being squeezed out of the cookie! And it can be if you — and your boss — don’t understand those things that contribute to your success.

The success of a mid-level manager is largely determined by their ability to accomplish tasks and goals through other people. Said another way — You lead through others. High energy, healthy competition, and a strong desire for accomplishment are intrinsic to inspiring these managers during their daily routines.

Successful managers are smart, have breadth as well as depth, and are willing to stand up for what they know to be right — even if it makes them unpopular. But, they take that stand with grace rather than grit. Excellent managers know that their ability to influence in every direction is critical to success. So, what will take you or your manager off course?

♦ Micromanaging! The manager who micromanages struggles with delegation and de-motivates the team. Select the team well, train them thoroughly and let them do the work!
♦ Avoiding! The manager who hopes problems will just go away creates problems rather than solves them. Passive-aggressive behavior also creates conflict — often where none existed.
♦ Nit-picking! The manager who gets lost in the details while losing sight of the big picture wastes energy, time and effort on the wrong things. These managers are often prone to gossip.

A mid-level manager needs to let go of behaviors that made them successful as a member of the front-line staff. The goals are different, the responsibilities are different, and the measures of success are different. It’s hard to be different if the past is what you cling to. It’s a new day! It’s a new role! It’s a new you!

Read that Emerson quote again — How does your success stack up?

Be Magnificent! Have an Inspirational Day!


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