Informational Interview Series
- What is Your Management Style?
- Successful Managers
- Special Advice for New Managers
In the informational interviews with managers, I asked them what does it take to be a successful manager and what specific functional or technical knowledge is critical to their positions?
Their points of view were diverse but connected to each other, I summarized them in 4 keys to demystify the secrets of successful managers:
- Care about people and work: Managers without hearts won’t engage employees’ hearts for work. Some managers put more efforts on brain engagement by making sure the work is done on time and on budget and forget to empower and motivate their co-workers to deliver the best of them and to make sure that they are growing and are successful.
- Able to learn: Basic knowledge about the position and the life experience are very important to a successful manager. The interviewees agreed that the knowledge can be acquired and the skills can be developed but the soft skills are difficult to change. In a government setting, the managers should follow rules, collective agreements, policies and guidelines. They need to have an overall knowledge and guide people without knowing all the details.
- Be like a parent: The interviewees advised building strong relationships with employees and keep a positive attitude without taking things seriously because it is not an open heart surgery. Good managers should develop a “thick skin” and self-confidence to handle though situations. They also should act as parent and make tough decisions.
- Have a vision: It is important for managers to have a vision and share it with their co-workers. The latter trust their supervisors and do the right things because they are more engaged in leading the journey towards the destination. After all, everybody should head the same destination and complete each other to make it happen.
Think about it: Manage projects and Lead People
Our roots run deeply but is everybody able to present a timeline of his/her ancestors?
I attended a ceremony of the black community history in New Brunswick on Feb 2nd. It was hosted by The Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (Magma) at a beautiful art gallery La Teraz in Moncton, NB. This ceremony was very inspiring and the speakers presented us a timeline of the black community in NB since 1800 or so.
The most important, as says one of the speakers, is who you are and how you can contribute to your community. My contribution to the discussion was about immigration and roots and how can we go deeply to find our roots. We are all immigrants if we can go deeply to our roots. Moreover, if we consider our diversity as a wealth, we can learn from each other and make strong connections with different people regardless our religion, our skin color or our roots. This earth is so diverse and her beauty is in her diverseness. I quoted from the General Governor of Canada, Michaelle Jean, when she received her Honorable Doctorate at the Université de Moncton in 2009: “Everybody can have a place in Canada“.
Joel Kimmel said is the video bellow about Ontology: “The quality of life is determined on no so much you’re doing but who you’re being and why you are doing it that has the impact on your life…”
Margaret Young stated: ”Often people live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it works is actually the reverse. You must first “be who you really are” then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want”. In this inspiring video from TED talks, the speaker emphasized that there is so many things to be happy about. We do have many highs in our life but between them there are some bumps and lumps and after-all, we do have only 100 years in this life to enjoy our achievements.