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October 19, 2011


Good ones. You see a lot of these lists, but I think it's important to point out the playing fair aspect. I've seen managers who purposely create conflict and think that it helps an employee grow. That's crap.

The world is full of bad managers. I think No. 1 is violated the most.

Suggest adding:
When you join a company as a manager, start with a clean slate as regards how you think of and treat your new staff.

Too many managers automatically assume that what their boss and others say about these people is the "truth" about the staffers and these managers begin with a bias (which could be inaccurately positive as well as inaccurately negative).

When you're new to an organization, the veracity of your boss and higher-ups should be as up for vetting just as much as that of your new staff.

I've worked for perhaps three great managers over several decades--thank you to all of them. The majority of the other unprofessional managers, including the "nice" often seemingly well-liked managers, didn't even come close to adhering to one, let alone all of our list.

And given the work climate these days, it's amazing if anyone can say they practice even one of the above.

Lots of people "talk" the talk of being a good manager. Very few are because it almost always requires standing up to THEIR managers and those who run the company. Most people are, to put it mildly, cowards when it comes to standing up for their staffs, which is what you end up having to do if you are to practice the above five skills.

How many good managers have you worked for? Do you consider that you were/are a good manager, as in practicing all of the above consistently and in the face of a company run by people who may not respect employees?

Jill - it's often violated.

Devon - and it's the easiest one to do.

Gemmond - another good one. That can be difficult, but good managers will try to be objective, despite the "baggage" that is shared with them about the team they are inheriting. I've been fortunate to work for some great managers, but I've had some duds as well. I have learned well from both kinds.

I think I've been really lucky - I've worked with and around several great managers. They stand out, as do the workplaces they manage.

I would add one more to your list: help your team members "manage up". Knowing how and when to bring issues and concerns to you, the manager, is incredibly helpful.

Em - good one. This goes with empowerment. Always helpful.

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