By Terry Corbell
The Biz Coach
20 Tell-Tale Signs – If You’re Under-Performing as a Manager
Whether new or experienced, managers can often struggle. Poor management, of course, leads to poor performance.
As red flags, under-performing managers share one of two common traits with ineffective employees. Such managers aren’t fully aware of their shortcomings. Even if they are aware of deficiencies, they’re afraid to admit it.
Either way, nothing is done about the shortcomings. Accountability suffers. There are 20 typical warning signs.
Here’s a list of questions – 20 tell-tale signs – if you’re under-performing as a manager:
- Is your department underperforming? It can be attributed to ineffective management.
- Are you getting positive performance reviews from your boss? If not, that’s an indicator.
- Do you have a strong image ? If you don’t enjoy employee loyalty or if peers are snubbing you, those are omens.
- Are you a stress carrier? Whether its personal stress caused by conditions at home or career challenges, it can adversely affect your work relationships.
- Do you engage in self-doubt? Weak decisions prompt actions leading to poor results.
- Do your employees communicate well with you? Sometimes employees are distant because they’re unhappy with your style.
- Are you careful to surround yourself with great employees? You don’t want a lot of yes-people. You want thinkers who will take ownership of their work.
- Are you clear with your expectations of employee performance? If you’re nebulous in day-to-day interactions, instructions or in formal reviews, employees won’t deliver.
- Do you make good investment for short-term and long-term success? Whether it’s technology or human resources training, good managers take productive steps and make insightful investments.
- Are you a go-to person? Does your boss look to you for solutions and projects, or are you overlooked? This means you’re not viewed as being a valuable resource.
- Are you open-minded? Do you step outside your comfort zone? This means being able to be innovative and assertive, and you don’t settle for mediocrity.
- Are you a big-picture manager with strong potential for the C-suite? A manager who is good CEO-material has knowledge and ability in all areas of the business, not necessarily a doctorate-level expertise in any particular segment of the business.
- Are you constantly looking for ways to improve? The best managers are voracious readers, and look for sources of good ideas and processes.
- Do you instill a customer-focused organization? Task-oriented managers who are not focused on customer needs will not maximize profits.
- Do you meet goals? If goals aren’t being met – whether it’s your department or your individual employees – performance will not been enhanced.
- Do you have weak links on your team? It’s possible to have high-performing workers, but prima donnas are a liability if they don’t work well with others.
- Are you ensuring company policies and values are upheld? If not the culture will be endangered and profits will suffer.
- Are you on top of budgetary matters? In this business climate, it’s imperative to have a clear view of your department or company finances.
- Do you regularly assess your business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats? This is crucial for goal-setting and strategic planning.
- Do you recognize employee and company success? Celebrations are good for everyone’s morale.
From the Coach’s Corner, for effective management, here are more resource links:
- Leadership Strategies to Profit from Employee Respect
- Human Resources – Power Your Brand with Employee Empowerment
- Management Best-Practices Include Solid Operations Checklists
- 21 Quick Tips to Avoid the Dark Side of Management
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.