GEB reading - Myth #1: New managers and individual...

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Myth #1: New managers and individual contributors need the same skills Reality: The skills that lead to success as an individual contributor differ markedly from those needed to manage. The skills you bring to your new position will remain valuable throughout your career. However, as a manager, your success will also depend on a different set of skills—particularly people skills. Myth #2: All a manager needs is power Reality: Managers do have power, but power does not guarantee that a manager has influence. As a manager, you have to use the tools of power authority , status , and access —to influence others. T Power: An individual's or group's potential to influence another individual or group. T Influence: The exercising of power to change an individual's or group's behavior, attitudes, and values. In developing positional power, remember the Manager's Law of Reciprocity : To influence others to help you get things done, you provide them with valued resources and services in exchange for resources and services you need. Though much of your managerial power may derive from the daily activities you perform and your location within the organization, it's your personal attributes that most determine how well you capitalize on your position. How do you leverage your personal attributes? You cultivate networks of mutually beneficial relationships with people whose cooperation you need to succeed. To develop such networks, you need to keep a basic law of human nature in mind: What goes around, comes around. Myth #3: Managers have a lot of freedom Reality: Managers have far less freedom (and free time!) to act alone than they might have anticipated. (managers rely on network of other people to accomplish their goals) Managers need the cooperation of other people to get things done. Managers assume a whole new set of duties, obligations, and relationships Myth #4: Managers always feel smart, in control, and satisfied in their jobs Reality: All managers are human. Even the most self-assured have their moments of frustrations and feelings of uncertainty. Myth #5: You learn to be a good manager primarily through training Reality: You can learn only so much through training. Your best teacher will be the on-the-job experience you accumulate as you begin actually serving in your new role. By taking on the right new experiences and learning from them, you can use your own insights to improve your performance and build your confidence. To learn from your on-the-job experiences, you need three tools: 1. A structured method for reflecting on your on-the-job experiences —analyzing what went right, what went wrong, and what you can do differently the next time you face a similar challenge.
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course GEB 3031 taught by Professor during the Spring '09 term at University of Central Florida.

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