Management Development Secrets – Time To Reflect

March 7, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

If you decide to be pro-active in your quest to develop your management skills, you might find that it’s not easy to make the best of what you take on.

Fear not, it’s the small things that work best and there’s one tiny trick that will help make all the difference to how effective new learning is for you.

When you seek to improve your performance as a manager, you will find that there are a number of areas that you find there is value for you to make progress.

Some of these will be more challenging than others, which could, in some cases be off-putting and cause you to lose some of your enthusiasm and motivation.

Progress though, comes in many forms and quite often there are really quite small shifts in behaviors, that will make noticeable differences to the results obtained.

Changes in the words you use – even a single word or two – can create a significant shift in the outcomes you achieve, because the impact on others around you can be so significant.

On other occasions, what might seem to be a daunting change in the way you do things to integrate what you have learnt, can be split down into bite-sized chunks that are more easily do-able and will build confidence as progress is achieved.

As you learn and practice new twists to the skills you already had (because you will have had some, of course!), you will see changes and results and appreciate that the effort has been very worthwhile indeed.

It’s possible to pretty much double the return that you get from enhanced skills, by using one easy tactic that will take little time and effort, yet will not only embed the learning, but also drive additional benefits going forward

Whilst it is relatively easy for you integrate simple, new behaviors in your work, to make these stick you need to go a further step whilst you are on the case.

By reflecting on the changes you made as well as the results that came from that you will go a long way to recognizing what happened and how to replicate it

If you go a little further and get to the bottom of just ‘why’ the different approach made the improvements that it did, you will begin to uncover a significant secret where many others fail to go.

Careful and deep consideration of the reasons behind the enhanced outcomes which happened because you changed tack will really make the difference for you.

That said, management development is such a huge beast that you will be surprised at how often some of the changes you make – especially in the early days – will serve you well in the endeavors to come in the future as you progress.

(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

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