Don’t be difficult to manage September 25, 2007Posted by Darth Sidious in Career Management.
Your relationship with your Sith Lord/Manager is a major part of your strategy to advance your career. Many people once they become comfortable in position begin losing site of this as the company becomes dependent on them.
A classic SPOK (Single Point of Knowledge) situation – they feel invulnerable or shielded as a result of the company’s dependency on them.
Always think about your Sith Lord/Manager’s perspective. His/Her mission is to help the team and company or Galactic Empire succeed. They get results through their people.
So from their perspective there are 2 types of staff they have; those that are helping them achieve their mission, and those that are getting in the way. Which side are you on?
Some people, especially technical folk, love to “fight the man”. They love to stir up dissent, controversy, and point out fires. They feel joy in making things difficult for management by trying to “teach them a lesson” for being so bureaucratic.
Those people, or you, may even feel that you’re fighting for justice, or the lone warrior in the battle against insanity. So you may even be well intentioned; but the reality of business is that you can’t make everyone happy. You have limited resources in order to accomplish the mission which requires balancing those resources in the best way possible, which may not be something you agree with.
But to fight it, who are you helping? No one, not even yourself.
The biggest mistake you can do as an employee is earn the reputation as being difficult to manage. Once you get into that territory you may still be valuable to the organization, but you’ll find yourself without anyone supporting you or watching your back.
Once tagged as difficult to manage your options to transfer to different departments become limited as other managers will not want you. And you can guarantee that your Manager is actively working on phasing you out.
As well, it’s almost impossible to undo that reputation, as once bitten twice shy… Management will never forget the trouble you caused.
Manager’s not only want, but NEED staff that are on their side. There’s no time to be fighting and convincing everyone under them of the direction they want to go.
Now I’m not suggesting being a mindless drone. Definitely be an advisor, provide your Manager or Sith Lord with actionable information that helps form a solid decision, and present objective cases as to why the decision being presented may not be the right one.
Once the decision has been made, that is the direction that the team/department/company is going to go with. Your choices are to help in the success of that decision or stand in the way.