10 Problems Great Managers Face


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Are you finding as a manager that you have many issues and obstacles to face? Well don't worry - all great managers have them!

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10 Problems Great Managers Face

  1. 1. 10 Problems Great Managers Face
  2. 2. #1 Change Is Faster Than We Can Cope With It’s the only constant in business, we all know external changes drive the complex situations faced by business today – managers have to be versatile and agile in their thoughts and actions
  3. 3. #2 Time Can’t Be Managed The only thing you can do is to manage yourself and your tasks in the time you have available. Today’s managers have to prioritise their workload in a way that concentrates on the important, and caters for the urgent.
  4. 4. #3 You’ll Never Keep Up With Technology You need to settle on the best technology that does the job for you and ensure that you’re not swayed by every new gadget or process that claims to save 1% here or £5 there.
  5. 5. #4 Customers’ Demands Increase Exponentially Just when you think you’ve got everything right in terms of the service you give your clients, a competitor comes along and raises the bar in terms of customer expectations. By being aware of what those expectations are, you make sure you keep ahead of the game.
  6. 6. Bear in mind that your people need opportunities to advance and progress, or their stagnation in a role may drive them to seek alternative ways of developing and progressing that may involve looking to other companies.
  7. 7. #6 Gen X, Gen Y & Millenials Require Different Motivational Drivers New, younger team members joining your company may require different and more varied motivational factors than people who have been with you for many years. You need to keep up to speed with what drives these younger people to perform.
  8. 8. #7 Dealing With Competitive Factors Your company has to keep pace with different forms of competition that are leaner and more efficient than ever before. You have to keep up with the way your market is developing and who your customers are looking at to solve their problems.
  9. 9. #8 You need to evolve your strategies, processes and tactics in ways that match the market needs If you are still trying to run your systems and processes as you did seven years ago, you will fail without trace. The way you run things has to be different because the world demands it to be.
  10. 10. #9 Your Leadership Style Has To Be More Adaptable Than Ever You need to be more variable than ever in the way you lead your staff to achieve the results they are capable of. One-size-fits-all management will not cut it today. Being a leader of people involves accentuating the business opportunities that come your way and assisting all staff to develop the new skills needed in the new world of work.
  11. 11. #10 Find The Time To Develop Your Own Skills Very often we find the last person a manager thinks about sending on a training workshop or embarking on a learning programme is themselves. When was the last time you read a book, listened to a CD or watched a DVD on leadership? How much time have you spent developing you? Finding the time to keep up with the latest ideas on management and leadership is often put on the back burner for managers. You need to devote time to the greatest resource you will ever have…your own potential for improvement.
  12. 12. These aren’t the only ten problems great managers face; there are many more that test you and suck the energy from you on a daily basis. But the most important thing is to recognise them, face up to them and identify how each one can be dealt with so you progress towards the goals you are trying to achieve