You Are a Terrible Manager!

A list of seven signs to look out for in order to stop you, your boss and your peers becoming bad managers.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bad managers are often blissfully unaware that they are underperforming. Steve Tobak writing for suggests the following tips for identifying when you need to take a long hard look at yourself.

1. Your group is underperforming: very often can be traced back to a management issue.
2. Your manager is turning up the heat: good senior managers will let you know when they thinks there may be a problem.
3. Allies are distancing themselves from you. When your friends stop supporting you there must be something wrong.
4. You’re behaving like more of a jerk than usual. Perhaps caused by increased stress and fatigue.
5. Your decision-making is compromised. What impact are your decisions having on results?
6. Your personal relationships suck. If you can't manage your work life then the chances are you home life is a bit messed up too.
7. Your employees are miserable. Even you should be aware of this.

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