Thursday, April 24, 2008

Managing effectively

One aspect of any job is working with a wide variety of people. Everyday you will be forced to interact and work with people who come from a different background and have different values than you do. Some people survive in this situation, but others fail miserably. Why?

Anyone with the capability to work with and manage a wide variety of people will have a greater chance of success. If you are able to understand how people think and anticipate responses, you will have a better advantage in working and managing them.

So how do people obtain this ability? Know lots of people. But don’t know people that all come from the same background. If you are constantly interacting with people who come from the same background and have the same experiences you’ll eventually think that everyone is the same. However, knowing people with different experiences does more than allowing you to learn personalities, but it puts your own life in perspective.

Most high achieving managers are comfortable with who they are. And if anyone is exceptionally talented manager, it’s usually because they are personable and able to talk to almost anyone. Surprisingly, this skill is easy to obtain. You just have to open yourself up to others.

I find that a lot of people think they need to impress others or be “funny” when interacting with other people. Humans are not suppose to be natural entertainers. Otherwise we would all be in show business. Most people will respond positively to you if you just open up. What do I mean by open up? Simple. Let people know who you are. Tell them about your hobbies and what you like to do in your free time. Most of the time, people are most interested in unique hobbies. Also, be interested in others. Try to find out what they are passionate about. Making friend is easier than you think.

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