How do you manage at the speed of light? Deftly. You need speed and skill. If you were training for a high-speed race you would make sure your vehicle was in top condition. So too, for your body and mind. You would search for the “zone” to be at your best. What is the “zone” for your managing? You would train and practice. You have opportunity to do that each day. Why manage at the speed of light? Our world now requires it. The choice is manage there or burn out.
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I often use the word managing without reflecting on its meaning. It is such a well-used word in our society. What is managing? I think it is several things: keeping your eye on an endpoint and figuring out how you can reach it, leading others effectively so something can get done, keeping various pieces functioning smoothly, being a good listener and coordinator and often being “all things to all people”. The next time you are managing, I invite you to reflect on what you are doing.
With autumn, there seems to be a faster speed to things. This is natural after summer, however I am finding life going faster than usual. As a manager, speed affects you in many ways: getting your own work done, managing the work of your team and managing your own and your team’s responses and reactions to the speed. As speed increases, often the best response is to slow down and center, take a look at what’s happening and then decide how you will deal with the speed.
As a manager, you could drive yourself and your staff crazy responding to every “urgent” request that you receive. How do you sort through the requests and decide when it is right to “jump” and get it done? Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
Who is the request coming from? How does this influence my response?
How does the request fit in with the goals and deadlines I have been given?
Do I/we have the time to respond? Will something else get pushed aside?
Is the request worth jumping for?
When you communicate with your team, are you straight with them? Sometimes managers feel they cannot be direct with people as it may alienate or hurt them. Directness does not go hand in hand with an indifference to a person’s feelings. Often directness in communication is the best strategy with subordinates. Direct communication, done well, allows the person you communicate with to have clarity and understanding regarding your views. With that clarity and understanding, they are best able to decide their next steps and how they will respond.