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Managers Most Important Connection

Posted January 13, 2019 12:01 AM by ahorner_22

We’ve all felt it. That feeling you get when you’re being ignored or when someone talks over you. It’s that empty feeling and it’s powerful enough to make you feel invisible.

We are so caught up in our own worlds that it’s easy to forget the people around us. We live in an age where distractions live in our pockets. Despite this techno-assault, we are expected to tune everything out and connect with others. How is that possible?

Managers suffer from information overload more than most. If managers communicate infrequently, messages may get lost in translation. If they communicate too frequently, they’ll contribute to the noise and get tuned out. For managers, communication is a balancing act.

Force yourself to step away from your desk and connect directly with your staff. When you are visible it helps others see you and understand that you care about what happens.

You don’t have to be friends with employees to understand what is happening in their lives. Knowing about an employee outside of work means understanding a different dimension of the person you’re responsible for. They aren’t invisible to you so make them feel like you really see them as people.

They say you can’t understand or criticize another person until you walk a mile in their shoes. Do you show empathy for your employees? Understanding what someone else may be going through and showing them that you empathize is a big factor in making employees feel visible.

If you don’t feel like you’re connecting with your team, you need to take a look at how you communicate with them, as people. You aren’t invisible so make sure your employees aren’t either. An environment that recognizes the smallest of efforts can make the biggest difference in the lives of others.

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01/13/2019 11:38 PM

I could write a whole book on this. But, for now, I just want to address this; "Managers suffer from information overload more than most.".

It doesn't have to be this way. My experience with school/training was both good and bad. The biggest problem was trying to conform to a regimented program. I had a lot of questions of my own that never got answered. Attention in school should never be paid more to figuring out the "program" than to trying to learn the material. Sometimes learning the material was easy for me; sometimes it was hard. One time in a Navy school, I was put on mandatory night-study because of the questions I asked. I wound up acing the test. It wasn't because I knew the material well. It was because I figured out what they were looking for. The questions I had were never answered. Over time, those unanswered questions add up. And when you do get to a manager's level, it could really be overwhelming. I don't like being overwhelmed or feeling inadequate.

When I got to my first sub, it was in the shipyard completing an overhaul. We were expected to put in a day's work and qualify after work. Since the boat wasn't operational, we could only be provisionally qualified until it was put out to sea (except for in-port watches). I didn't feel confident enough, nor far along in my quals enough. When the crew was split up into two crews, I asked the CO (commanding officer) for a (temporary) transfer to the other crew for the soul purpose of qualifying. That would mean skipping our off-crew, and making 3 consecutive back-to-back patrols. He wouldn't let me. To this day I still think I could have handled it. But, not being able to do so resulted in a backlog of my own personal requirements for me to feel adequate, even tho I was technically qualified. I don't like "overdriving my headlights". I won't accept any promotion where getting overwhelmed is par for the course. I don't like the school of hard-knocks. Stuff happens too often without inviting it. I always did better in self-paced courses than I did in pre-programmed cookie-cutter-classes. A proper preparation for the job wouldn't leave you overwhelmed. And, the ability to fix problems as they arise will limit the backlog of "accidents waiting to happen".

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01/14/2019 12:27 PM

When did you go to Nuc School? I was in class 7702.

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01/14/2019 12:40 PM

I was in 7602. The very last class given in Bainbridge Maryland. After we graduated, they shut down the base.

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01/14/2019 5:01 PM

Ever heard of WASP??

It's a project managing system. Walking Around Seeing People.

I used it many times and managed 2 multi-million $$$ projects...on time and within budget.

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01/14/2019 5:14 PM

Ever heard of WASP (Walking Around Seeing People)??

No. What's the point? I don't get it.

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01/14/2019 10:40 PM

When you call a meeting for say 10 project people. You ask for an update of what they have been doing and their progress. Each person gives/presents their progress while the other 9 listen. I used to have someone there to take assignment notes. The notes were published and I was given a copy. Within a few days I take the assignment list and go...walk around to see those people and establish a personal relationship with that person thus avoiding pubic butt-chew or congrats in front of his/her associates.

With that personal contact I'm sure that you would have been heard regarding your requested reassignment.

Start writing your book.

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01/15/2019 12:03 PM

And then there is The Peter Principle...

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01/15/2019 10:43 PM

...and who got promoted so his/her incompetence really glowed??

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