Chances Are… you are starting to think about Thanksgiving — that time of year when we take time to be thankful for all that we have and those who are important to us.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been reviewing some Franklin Covey training materials in preparation for facilitating training sessions with some of our teams. One quote in the materials has really stuck with me:
“If you want to help other people, be a manager. If done well, management is among the most noble of professions.” –Clayton Christensen
I had never heard of Clayton Christensen, but have learned that he is a successful author and professor at the Harvard Business School.
My first thought: management is a noble profession? Really? However, as I’ve thought more about this statement, the more I agree with it. Many of us aspire to “give back” and “help others”. Have you ever connected that to being a great manager?
Take a minute to think about managers you have worked with — past and present. Think about the good ones. What was it like working with them? How did it feel to go to work? Were you able to grow and develop your skills and career? Now think about the managers that were not so great. Same questions – what was it like working for them? How did it feel to go to work? Did your manager encourage your development?
Think about the impact those great managers had on all aspects of your life. When work is fun, and your career is progressing, most people are energized. When work is not fun (or stagnant or miserable), it’s hard not to have it negatively impact other parts of your life.
Managers do have the ability to “give back” and “help others” – not just their employees, but likely also the families of their employees.
In this time of being thankful, think about how to really show your employees that you care about them and appreciate them. Reflect on your management skills. What could you do better/more of/stop doing that would positively impact the lives and careers of your employees?
Give your team the gift of good management. It’s a sign of true appreciation that will have long term positive effects on your team and company.
You’ll have reason to be #thankful.