Every few years we are required to renew our driver’s license. We drive every day and manage to do a great job, yet we are required to retake the driver’s test.
If we had been doing a poor job of driving we would have had multiple tickets or accidents and our driver’s license would possibly have been revoked for a period of time.
We have been good drivers, so why do we need to take the test again? I can only speak for myself. Every time that I have needed to retake the test and begin to study the booklet, I find several rules that I have forgotten.
For instance, in California you need to put your turn signal on 100 feet before you plan to turn. You should also keep one car length for every 10 miles an hour you are traveling between your car and the one ahead of you. Reminders of these rules are needed to keep us safe drivers.
In the workplace, management staff should also have to review or take periodic management courses to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date.
Continuing education is important because our skills can get dull and we can forget important points of being a manager because we are also busy doing our job.
The article below discusses the “Top 10 Mistakes Managers Make Managing People.” From discussions that I have had with managers, I think this list is pretty accurate.
From the list, there are two of the mistakes that I hear most often:
1. The treatment of employees unequally.
2. A failure to react to problems and issues that will fester if ignored.
A manager has a tough job; there are so many aspects to it. This list provides good reminders to the rules of successful management skills. After reading them, let us know which points you hear most often from employees about their managers? We can all learn from each other.