5 things the best managers (and parents) do well

5 things the best managers (and parents) do well

I've often thought there were many similarities between good managers and teachers so when I found this interesting article on Forbes.com I could immediately see how it might have relevanct to those who read this blog looking for professional or work-related tips, as well as those who read it for more personal and relationship advice. 

Although the focus is on management and work, there's much to be gained, I believe, for any and all parents looking to do just that bit better with their children. And let's face it, parents, that's all of us!

Excellent managers come in all shapes and sizes.  They can be loud or quiet, extroverted or introverted, Type A or calm.  Their management style can be as unique as personalities.  But while elements of personal style may vary, there are absolutes one can point to about management substance.  Accordingly, here are five things the best managers do – and don’t do.

On the positive side, the best managers:

Keep the big picture in mind – They have a sound strategic mindset.  They know their company’s business well, and ensure that the activities of their unit or department or division are always firmly aligned with broader initiatives and strategies.

Are consistent in their behavior – People like and need predictability.  I never minded working for someone who was tough, so long as he or she was predictably tough.  Thus, you knew what to expect and count on in terms of behavior and expectations.  Problems arise for employees when a manager is erratic – for example, lenient and upbeat one day, and controlling and dour the next…

…that's 2 out of 5 so if you want more, keep reading HERE