So, you say you want to be a manager!
Maybe even the top dog one day.
If so, here’s some encouraging news: The line may not be as long as you’d think.
According to a survey by professional staffing outfit Addison Group, just one in three employees have their hearts set on becoming a manager.
One in five have zero interest whatsoever in managing other people.
So there really is not a ton of competition.
That’s due in part to the changing way people view work.
Many professionals nowadays, and especially millennials, do not see being “promoted to manager” and “professional advancement” as the same thing.
“We’re seeing more millennials who want to be knowledge experts today, rather than in charge of other people,” said Steve Wolfe, executive vice president of operations at Addison Group.
If you are among those who still want to get promoted and take that first step into management, here are seven things that will get you noticed by your own boss, courtesy of marketing firm HubSpot:
1) Take Ownership
If you think like the founder, if you act and work like the founder, people in leadership will take notice.
2) Support Your Colleagues
Speak well of others, and be there when they need you, or at least when they ask. Givers separate themselves from the pack by doing good without any expectations for getting paid back.
3) Measure And Report
It’s great to cross things off your to-do list. But more importantly, measure and report on what those activities accomplished.
4) Be Proactive
Ask, and anticipate, the “what ifs.” What if the order is late? What if the vendor says no? What if we need more than we have now? What if we run out of time?
5) Do More With Less
You can’t count on having enough resources to do your job. You run into that every day. But you can’t use that as an excuse. Excuses won’t pave your path to career advancement. Working around that problem and finding solutions that do work will make you stand out.
6) Welcome Feedback
All feedback is not created equal. While getting some honest feedback from a co-worker that knows little about your project may help you to identify weak spots, it’s important that you focus on the feedback coming from those whom you report to. In other words, give attention where attention is due most.
Believe in it. Do it. Success can be tied to your ability to stay positive, even when completing overwhelming tasks.
… And What To Do When You Get There
Those are seven proven ways to help set yourself on the path to management.
Which leads to the next obvious question: What do you do when you are finally promoted?
You’ve probably heard over and again NOT to do the things you used to do.
That’s very good advice. It is now your job to help others do their jobs better.
Here are the five essential management tasks that can help you do that, according to management guru Peter Drucker.
The manager sets goals for the group, and then he or she must decide what works needs to be done to meet those goals.
The manager divides the work into manageable activities, and selects people to accomplish the tasks that need to be done.
Communicate And Motivate
The manager creates a team out of his people, through decisions on pay, placement, promotion, and through his communications with the team. Drucker also referred to this as the “integrating” function of the manager.
The manager establishes appropriate targets and yardsticks, and analyzes, appraises and interprets performance.
With the rise of the knowledge worker, this task has taken on added importance. In a knowledge economy, people are the company’s most important asset. It is up to the manager to develop that asset.
While various experts may use different words and focus on different aspects of these responsibilities, Drucker’s basic description of the manager’s job still holds value today.
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