When something is rigid, it may be strong, but it also may break easily. In your managing, being rigid can give the illusion of structure trumping change. However change is constant and must be provided for, almost on a daily basis. How rigid is your management style?
What balance between rigidity and flexibility is right for you? How do you maintain enough structure to keep things going, but still have enough flexibility to factor in change?
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When you think about managing, do you see your work as a circle or a line? A line is the distance between two points. A circle is continuous, with no end point and an equidistant center from all of its points. A line gets you from here to there. A circle is a process and flow. You know about circular and linear learning and left-brain and right-brain thinking. Try applying these concepts and assess your management style in relation to them. Ask yourself these questions and you may gain some insights on your approach to managing.
• Do you approach each of your tasks separately with a schedule and process for each one or see them as an interrelated whole?
• How do you respond when your progress is interrupted by something unexpected?
• Is logic of high importance in your managing?
• Do you go step-by-step as you manage or tend to flow with what comes?
• How do you comparatively value hierarchy and equality?
• Are you more task-oriented in your managing or more responsive to what happens along the way?
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