Sunday, December 28, 2008

Why Good Managers need to learn from Good Mothers? Strategies and Wisdom for Succeeding at Work. Balancing Your Family and Work Life.

Do you know that some Family and Work Skills Are Complementary?
Why Good Managers need to learn from Good Mothers?

Good mothers and good managers share five important qualities:

1. Wisdom.
A wise mother provide guidance for her children. Similarly, a leader at work needs both vision and technical competency. She must be good at what she does in order to bring out the best in her people and make a profit for her company.
Understanding, direction, vision, guidance, and proficiency are qualities that you will find in both wise mothers and wise leaders.

2. Trustworthiness.
A mother must earn her children’s trust in order to be able to provide them with a nurturing and supportive upbringing. Similarly, A leader must earn the trust of her people, or they will never believe in her vision. If they don’t trust her, they will spend their working hours looking for another job, instead of focusing on their current one.
If the leader is not trusted by her bosses, investors, or stockholders, she will not be able to fulfill her vision. Her superiors will interfere and attempt to micromanage her. If she delivers an inferior product or poor service, she will be distrusted by her customers and sales will fall.

3. Benevolence.
Equip your army with nutritious food and ample supplies and position them on sunlit high ground, free from disease, instead of dark, wet low ground where disease multiplies. When you take good care of your army and they are happy, they will win battles for you.

Benevolence is not being a doormat; it is about radiating personal power and showing an ability to embrace differing opinions. It short, it is a quality that comes from inner strength.

The benevolent mother accepts and understands her children’s viewpoints. The mother who mercilessly imposes her values and rules upon her children becomes toxic and abusive.

A benevolent leader is not threatened by criticism; instead she feels indebted to a staff that is honest and direct. A benevolent leader instills a sense of equality among her management team and workers; duties may vary, but opportunity and basic human dignity are equal. She makes people feel good about working for her.

Of course, in your quest to become a benevolent leader, remember not to reward your troops too frequently. As Sun Tzu said:
Too frequent rewards to your troops indicate that you are at the end of your resources; too frequent punishment of your troops means you are frustrated with your condition.

4. Strictness.
A mother can’t expect her children to be disciplined if she tolerates bad behavior. At first, strictness may seem in conflict with tolerance and benevolence; it is not. Of course, when you are strict without compassion, your child will rebel. But if you are not strict at all, you’ll spoil your child.

Good mothering, like good business leadership, lies in balancing paradoxical forces: benevolence with strictness, wisdom with ignorance, and courage with fear.

If the guidelines you set as a leader are clear and rigorously enforced, then people will perform. Strictness is not something that applies only to your staff but also to your relationship with your bosses, partners, customers, and especially to yourself.

5. Courage.
It takes great courage for a mother to trust her kids and raise them in the way she believes to be right. It is no different for a leader.
A good leader is always willing to consider something new. However, it takes courage to act this way. When you make changes, you face risks and uncertainty and potential failures. That takes guts.
Leaders cannot lead without courage. Whether called on to reach personal goals or your company’s objectives, bravery is vital to success. Otherwise, strategic planning is like playing war games on paper. It may be entertaining, but it is not productive.
A courageous leader is not without fear; rather, in spite of her fear, she faces her challenges and does what must be done.

While it is true that leaders cannot lead without courage, you shouldn’t accept a leadership position unless you are very competent in your field and you can give affirmative answers to these questions:
? Do I possess the ability to be decisive?
? Do I have the guts to complete the necessary tasks?
? Am I willing to take calculated risks?
? Do I have the stomach to handle the unpredictable setbacks?
? Do I possess an uncrushable strength?
? If my plan fails, am I resilient enough to bounce back?
? Do I have the ability to bear humiliation?
? Can I endure trying times?

If your answers to all of these questions is yes, you have the right temperament to become a leader. If the answer to any of these questions is no, you have some work to do before you accept the challenge of leadership.

Mental strength is vital to the success of every working woman, whether you are trying to attain personal goals or your company’s objectives. If you cannot handle the pain of setbacks, don’t take on a leadership role in the battlefield of either business or life.
The superior leader is one who can deal with a number of challenges simultaneously—from understanding the people she deals with daily to creating a vision—and have them all come together into a seamless whole.

A good leader at work: plans strategies, translates them into tasks, delegates, supervises the execution, and finally checks the results. She then seeks out areas that need improvement and alters her strategies to provide for a more effective execution in the future.

A leader leads by leading. And that is true whether the leading occurs at work or at home. Of course, the attitude and tone of voice you use will be different in speaking to your staff and your kids, and odds are you won’t be writing your children many memos (or maybe you will), but the principles of nurturing, empowering, correcting, and disciplining are the same.
By the same token, if you learn to cultivate your staff ’s talent and help them to complete projects successfully, you will be able to transfer this experience to child rearing.
Obviously, you must also give your employees the proper training, but when you take care of your people as if they are your children, you will gain their respect and loyalty.

For more Information:
Business Strategy and Management
The Essential New Manager's Kit, Sun Tzu and the Art of Business, Strategies for Highly Successful Organizations



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