Staying In Shape

As a manager, your work can be a long distance run at short distance speeds. Can you handle both? Sometimes you have to be ready to. Each, though, has differing demands. A short distance manager is ready to go at high speed and efficiency for short distances. A long distance manager needs both endurance and speed.

If your focus is on short distance managing, say for example, managing a customer response team, the key is to be flexible, ready to go at any moment, able to give it your all for short periods of time and able to make good decisions quickly. If your focus is on long distance managing, say in a research program, the key is to be able to get the data you need to go the distance, to have the ability to plan effectively, to motivate your team to keep going and to get the best end result.

Most likely, your work demands a bit of both long and short distance managing. Taking some time to analyze your work in light of these analogies could help you hone your skills and strategies and run a better race.