As you develop and grow your management skills, it’s easy to slacken and ease off when you have a busier week.
The key here is to keep momentum – and only you alone can do this.
Making progress with management development is easy at first. The most obvious changes to your skills and behaviors will be the most apparent and potentially (though not necessarily!) the easiest to change.
Once you are aware, through your own very focused and objective assessment of your performance, where you can make a start and have quick successes, you will find that in itself is quite enough motivation for you – if you really are up to the challenge.
As you find activities that will help you, through an easy to use and simple guided program maybe, or a book that you’ve carefully selected and read, you will carry on along the career-long path of continuous improvement.
This journey is one to be relished, as you see opportunities come that will make you more fulfilled, much more capable and ultimately successful in your role as a manager.
There is always plenty to go at too!
These activities might take a few minutes to set up and then even just a few minutes to do, especially when they are simply part of the day-job.
There is much evidence to show that the most successful managers are able to learn on-the-job at least 70% of the time, whilst a measly 10% get full value from a workshop or training session (the other 20% comes from coaching or mentoring from your boss, one-on-one).
Even if the activities take up to a maximum of an hour, this need not be separated from what you do as part of your job anyway. The best opportunities will always be where you learn in real-life experiences and try new things on to see how they fit.
The only test to see how it’s going is how it works in the real world.
Truth is the biggest mistake any manager can make is to get today’s job confused with what’s needed to make tomorrow better. By working on development as you do the normal work, you will feel that both are being satisfied!
You see, it’s false economy to say that you are ‘too busy’. In that mode, you’ll be way too busy every day of your career.
Investing a little time in simple daily tactics and actions to develop your management skills really will make the difference going forward.
Remember this, in moments of weakness.
Fire-fighting just puts out the fire, it’s the prevention that stops them happening again and again.
So spending just a little time invested each week in making things different for the future, truly will pay off for both your business results and yourself.
In the long-term, whilst not forgetting the importance of the short, management development right there where the workplace action is, will provide ongoing opportunities to grow.
(c) 2010 Martin Haworth. This is a short excerpt from one of 52 lessons in management development at Super Successful Manager!, an easy to use, step-by-step weekly development program for managers of EVERY skill level. Find out more at http://www.SuperSuccessfulManager.com.