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The subject of increasing productivity has been dealt with under four topics.
Management vs. Self-Management.
Objectivity in Action.
The Secret of Success
Aids to Success
The first topic deals with self-management. Management of one’s own personality. Self-management plays an important role in increasing productivity in the realm of your activity. The second topic highlights objectivity as the essence of productivity. When you maintain objectivity in your actions you become efficient and productive. The third explains how action is related to success. Your present action is the cause that brings about success or failure as its effect in the future. The last topic presents certain practical aids for achieving success.
Management comprises three basic factors.
Manager … Individual … Subject
Managed … Material and Men … Object
Managing…Function …Relationship between subject and object.
The corporations provide their managers adequate material and human resources for executing the work entrusted to them. The second factor of management is well taken care of. They also make sure they appoint a manager with appropriate academic and technical knowledge to execute his work. They are convinced that his qualification is adequate for him to function at optimum capacity.
Thus the third factor of management is provided for as well. Corporate bodies understand and operate only in these two realms. They do not attend to the first factor at all. They do not relate to the manager as an individual. His inner being. His mental stability. How much of the manager’s mind and intellect is available for him to fulfill his managerial obligation. These factors are not known in management circles. Much less analyzed. And least attended to.
A manager is basically an individual. The individual plays the role of manager in his office. But he has several other roles to play in his life as well. As a citizen of his country. Father of his family, captain of the football team, secretary of the club and others.
But then, what happens to the manifold roles while an individual plays the role of a manager? How does he deal with them? Does he leave them behind? Bring them along with him into his present role? If he does, he will remember his other roles while performing the present one. Then, would not the memory of his other roles interfere with his concentration in the present role? His attention must focus on the present to render his work productive. He cannot afford to dissipate his concentration on other thoughts. But then, can he afford to drop the memory of all other roles, associations and relations? Forget completely that he is a citizen of his country or father of his family while acting as a manager in his company? If he does so, will he not impinge upon his other obligations? Either way, he would face a problem.