To build your skills and abilities as a manager, you need to find out those areas where you have a need to grow.
That’s just the start, though, then you have to create actions that will kick-start your management development.
Once you have looked carefully at your own performance as a manager, either alone or with the help of your team and the feedback they give you, you will be a lot clearer in the priority areas that are so vital when you are developing your manager skills.
Frankly folks, that’s not enough.
In the modern world of business, whatever area of management you work in, there are pressures unheard of even 5 years ago.
Organizations of any size have to deliver big-time and at any sort of manager level, the focus for delivery is on you.
Having been dynamic in getting you thinking about how to set about your management development activities, now is the time for taking action by creating some small activities that will help you learn, grow and be much more effective.
Sometimes, you need guidance and help about what to do.
Whilst there are many books out there (well over 100,000 management books at the last count on Amazon!), you can find very focused, inexpensive and easy to use programs and activities that have the potential to literally transform your management performance
By being aware of and seeking out development opportunities that are available, you will be taking the first (always the hardest) steps to grow, because these will continue to shape your focus and enable your progress.
Management skills blur and overlap across each many different disciplines, where one action can actually make a significant difference in other areas of your performance.
By taking in the broader picture and letting the learning experience flow, you will take the learning as it comes – a very satisfying and fun way to learn, whilst benefiting from the improved outcomes you starts to see come through.
The key here is to focus, engage your mind on taking action, making the changes and reflecting on what you learnt as you go.
By targeting yourself and trying our new activities (however small they are, for the biggest wins will come as you ‘tweak’ rather that try to change the world in one go) every week, you are refining your behaviors to add new levels each week.
You will find that the activities you choose to pursue, all fit together.
Although sometimes you might not always find it logical, what you’ll be learning a few months into your ‘project’, is that ideas repeat themselves in different ways, giving opportunities to revisit elements of skills development in different ways which will help a lot.
That’s the essence of some of the great programs out there that you can find. Structured, simple to adopt as well as refined in such a way as to repeatedly link together for your ongoing development in ways that you might have not thought possible.
(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.