Why Managers Struggle To Be Successful

If you are like most of us, you feel great when you step into a management role. You are full of hope and enthusiasm and feel that you are going to be really successful. A few months later, you are finding it a real struggle. Why is this and what can you do about it?

    You have not made the shift in your mind

  • I sometimes tell people that they need to promote themselves first in the mind. By that I mean to mentally step into the new role. If you don’t, you stay stuck doing what you always did.
  • You don’t make time for managing

  • What probably got you promoted was your ability to get lots of things done. The trouble is that managing is all about getting results through others. If you don’t make the time for managing, people will think you are not interested in them and disengage.
  • You don’t believe in yourself

  • We all have doubts from time to time. However, you need to remember that those who appointed you had belief in you and your abilities.
  • You try to please everyone

  • It’s tempting to fall into this trap and, if we are honest, it is probably a trap that every manager has fallen into at some point. Accept that you will take decisions from time to time that won’t please everyone.
  • You avoid the difficult stuff

  • Sometimes you will have performance issues with teams or individuals. You have two choices: ignore or do something about it. Avoiding the difficult stuff is never a good strategy in my experience.

The reality is that some simple changes can greatly change the results you achieve as a manager.

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to achieve success and realize their professional potential through being highly effective leaders and managers. For more information and to sign up for his free audio e-course click here

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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