Eyes Wide Shut

How do you know you are a good manager?  Do you inspire, motivate and lead your team?  You might think that if you didn’t you would soon hear about it. Or, could you be blinkered to what is going on? There is of course the annual appraisal and/or 360 review at which you might get some feedback. Is that enough though? How well do you listen or ask questions?

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Feedback – Breakfast Of Champions?

clipboardDo you want to be better?  Better at your job – as a manager, leader, speaker…?  It may involve changing habits and a lifetime of conditioning.  If you are up to the challenge then here it is:  ask for feedback.

In our careers we are used to annual appraisals when everyone takes stock. Occasionally there is praise for a job well done or a reprimand if something has gone wrong but otherwise how often do we get valuable feedback on how we are doing?  It can be be really easy to exist in blissful ignorance – do what we have always done and plod along.  Yet unless we put feelers out how do we really know if we are producing the best results possible? [Read more…]