The Best Manager I Ever Had
post # 202 — September 28, 2006 — a Managing post
Think back to the best manager you have ever experienced. Someone who got the best out of you, and the rest of your group, to stretch and to accomplish more, while also enjoying it more.
What did this person DO, that made them so effective in raising your performance? (Specifics, please.) What was it about them as a person (if anything) that contributed to the effect they had on you and your colleagues?
Let’s not include any generalizations, theory or principles here. I’m looking for real stories about real people.
What do effective managers actually DO that makes them effective?
Ed Lee said:
The thing that stood out, for me, about my most successful manager was the way she could identify exactly what motivated her team members. If, like me, people were extremely competitve, she turned every project into a competition with clearly defined goals and “prizes”.
In comparison, the least effective manager simply barrelled on through her team without changing her style to get the most out of her team-members. If you’re a “manager” it’s your job to optimise your team’s performance, not to make them change to suit your mentality – which may affect their performance…
posted on September 29, 2006