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THINK BEFORE YOU QUIT!

-A motivational blog for aspiring managers who decide to quit early in job–

Good sense of judgment comes with age and experience. But dynamically changing characteristics of modern day working pose contrasting challenges where speed is the essence. Due to an ever increase in use of disruptive technologies at work there is hardly adequate scope left for fresh management graduates in the early stages of their professional career to spend time in gaining experience with age. In the absence of keeping pace with rising challenges at job they soon start feeling hopeless and redundant at workplace. The young managers fail to find dignity in job role within the organization and therefore decide to quit.

However, let’s take a pause and reflect on this emerging trend.

Quitting may not always prove to be the safest option. It can create serious conflict and emotional upset deeply ruining one’s sense of well being. Although the very idea to start a fresh might seem to give some new strength but it’s a costly affair. Making a new beginning always involves crucial time which is a precious commodity.

Quite often leaving an organization as a result of this presumably disruptive situation could involve much deeper question of eventually being ineffective at workplace. Seemingly it appears that the budding manager has been a victim of an undesirable change. But actually it is one of the consequences of an amateurish step taken out of one’s inability to cope with accelerating demands in the job.

Nevertheless, unfavorable things can still be prevented from happening.

At the outset, probably, it is initially necessary for freshers to begin by understanding the role of a manager; how managers differ from other staff levels. Next in order is developing certain key traits for improving managerial effectiveness. And finally, review existing inaccuracies in working style and modify it on the basis of certain skills identified for increasing level of effectiveness in your career.

 

Understanding Role of a Manager

Generally speaking, staff such as a driver, a gardener or a dispatch clerk etc. work in one direction only i.e. their work is basically unidirectional or linear in nature whereas a manager’s role is multidirectional based on multitasking. A manager is dependent on others i.e. he has to get the job done now and then even beyond his own department. It implies that staff on the whole can work on its own whereas a manager’s delivery or performance is dependent on others.

A manager in specific context has no direct control or authority on other departments but still has to get things done from them. His job description is sometimes unstated where roles have to be assumed because his work demands in order to become more effective. Therefore a manger is also expected to have the capacity to work unsupervised.

 

Identifying Self and Developing Key Skills for Improving Managerial Effectiveness

Skills basically direct us how to do things. For common understanding managerial skills can be broadly classified into two. The ones those are natural like sharp memory etc. and the ones that can be nurtured over a period of time like communication skills, people skills, time management skills et al. Effective management skills not only benefit organizations but are integral to personal growth as well.

To become more effective at work, one should first develop an understanding of self in many areas. Key areas for self-awareness include our personality traits, personal values, habits, emotions, and the psychological needs that drive our behaviors. Self-awareness helps to leverage strengths and confront weaknesses. It helps managers identify gaps in their management skills and find situations in which they will be most effective, assists with intuitive decision making, and aids stress management and motivation of oneself and others.

Communication skills have emerged as one of the most dominant skills to get noticed in contemporary global business environment. One can acquire this ability through awareness. Encouraging and developing open communication channels aids to eliminate work that does not create sufficient value. Listening skills and effective body language form an integral part of the whole communication process. Poor listening leads to distorted communication.

Now, take a few minutes to think about your decision of leaving the job. Can it be avoided after incorporating suggested changes? Do you now feel confident of increasing your area of influence and be the driving force in your organization’s growth? If your response to all these is affirmative, then move ahead and embrace your work.

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