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The 5 Signs of a Bad Manager!

Submitted by on Monday, 13 September 2010No Comment


Managing people can be a lonely profession, and one where the pressures to succeed are often high.

To be effective, managers need to be able to combine the human element of management with the more ‘tangible’ factors that drive corporate performance.

Yet, so often, it’s the human factors that can make or break a manager’s career. So I thought it might be of interest to share this list (from BNET) which highlights the 5  signs of a bad! manager…:

1. Your people are miserable One sign of a bad manager is to look at the emotional state of his or her employees. If they are miserable, it could be that the manager is failing to motivate them, or playing them to their weaknesses, or creating negative energy. Each factor requires a different remedy, but this is an important sign to watch out for.

2. The manager is behaving ‘like a jerk’ Erratic behaviour or poor emotional control could be a clue that a manager is out of his or her depth – maybe even playing to his own weaknesses! Or, the workload may be too much. But a manager who behaves like a jerk is worse than useless: the behaviour is counterproductive.

3. Your decision-making is compromised One of the most visible signs of poor management is poor decision-making. After all, decisions are actions, actions generate results, and results are highly visible. Stress is often the #1 cause of poor or erratic decision-making. Pay attention!

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4. Your personal relationships suck! Dysfunctional managers are also dysfunctional people. Relationships are relationships, and it’s not very likely that an ineffective manager has great personal relationships. This is another very important sign to look out for, since personal relationships are an important motivator.

5. You have a higher than average staff turnover The acid test of any manager is – how much do people want to work for you? While many factors contribute to this question, if your staff turnover is above average, then it may well be something to do with you!

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If any of the above circumstances seem familiar, then the good news is that there are two easy solutions that address these problems:

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  • Attitude
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It’s Okay to be the Boss is a great one-day supervisory skills training programme developed by Harvard management expert Bruce Tulgan.

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