What Is The Real World You Are Managing In?

It is tempting to imagine perfect circumstances or believe wholesale the story senior management creates, but effective management requires that you know the real world you are managing in.

Expressed goals, cheerleading sessions, platitudes about what’s possible or pressures to produce do not define your real world as a manager. Your real world is comprised of the actual conditions you operate in – such things as resources available to you, the time you have to get things done, the skills and aptitude of your team – and how they match the goals and expectations of your organization.

Once you know your real world, you can move on to determine, realistically, what’s possible and then speak truth to power (as best you can in your real world).

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