Developing as a manager involves choosing between tips that are often polar opposites

Let me explain:

 Polar opposites:

    1.  Perseverance is imperative, only he who is willing to persevere in the face of adversity will achieve anything worthwhile
    2. The definition of madness is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.

How do you decide whether are inspired or mad?

Who do you trust to tell you?

Do you really want to know?


My view:  Succeed and you are a genius, fail and you are mad, but whatever you do, do with style and passion.


    1. She who fails to plan plans to fail.
    2. She who is most flexible will always win through  in the end

Which is your weakness, planning to the nth degree and following your plan stubbornly at all costs, or playing it by ear, because you don’t have time for planning?


My view:  Planning is an essential skill, but every minute spent planning on the basis of untried assumptions, is a minute you could have spent either getting on with it, or testing the assumptions.


    1. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
    2. Build on strengths, not on weaknesses

Is everyone out to get you? Are you the guy who they pick on? Or do you find friends everywhere you go? Are you a soft touch? Or a ball breaker?


My view: It takes two to tango and that includes falling out. I recognise that sometimes you have to be wary, but it is better to play the ball than the man.  Keep it professional.  If you have an unpopular job to do, you can’t expect to be popular and most projects will adversely affect somebody’s comfort.
Focusing on the benefit, while not ignoring the casualties, or apologising for them either  maintains balance, while good planning and momentum will usually dissuade the objectors in the end.


    1. Vision is the quality that makes great managers
    2. Attention to detail is the mark of a true professional

Do you live in the high trees, or do you spend your time grubbing about in the undergrowth.  Are you the guy who can’t wait to run a spell check, o r are you forever re-reading and improving till you rarely go home before seven and you are always behind?


My view:  The real skill  lies in the ability to Chunk up and chunk down in your thinking. It is a learned skill that takes discipline, but you have to know when to climb a tree and get a better view and when to crawl carefully through the undergrowth.  Most imprtantly you need an instinct for “Fit for purpose”

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