There is no doubt working with people is a lot less predictable and messy than working with things. When I asked the question “What is your biggest challenge in managing people?” on twitter one of the first responses I got was from @LeeJCarey who said “the biggest challenge in managing people is people”. So true!
Managing people is challenging even when you are really good at it. Yet if you are committed to increasing the impact you can have, your level of success or even the amount of money you make at some point you need to rely on other people. Doing it all yourself is inherently limiting. Success is never a solo endeavor.
Now of course managing people is only one aspect of learning to effectively produce results with others. And in the end it isn’t just about getting things done or even the result. You can get a whole lot done and still not feel particularly satisfied with the outcome. You can also get the job done in a way that costs your relationships rather than build them, especially when the pressure is really on! If you are the boss you can command people do what you need them to do, but does that approach really get you the outcomes you want for the long term?
The ultimate goal when it comes to working with others to make things happen that matter is to BOTH produce satisfying results and develop stronger relationships in the process.
Here are the responses I received to the question “What is your biggest challenge in managing people?” Thank you to my twitter friends who both shared (@CEO_INGDIRECT, @JCMcintyre, @ MarianMadonia @myTIMEFORCE) and responded to my question (listed below)!
MANAGING vs. LEADING
- @LeeJCarey: Biggest challenge when it comes to managing people = people! Why? other management challenges have logic, people do not.
- @Gorpdc You LEAD people and MANAGE things.
- @Geoff_Barbaro: For most, I’d suggest it’s not managing, but leading. People thrive with leadership but stifle with management.
- @HilaryBilbrey: TRUST; trusting other’s follow thru. Sometimes easier to “do it ur self” but then no growth for others.
- @Pulee Lack of confidence & passion
- @Edlee: Biggest challenge when managing people is managing oneself. Need to set great standards.
- @Rjtarr Providing clear direction for work and resources in absence of same from above.
- @BiancaV Ensuring that everyone understands objectives & expectations clearly. Communication has 2 B concise.
- @Ljoneslcsw How they manage life stressors while still having to work. AND [In response to a follow up tweet, do you find people use personal issues as reasons why they don’t deliver results?] Directly and indirectly. Sometimes you can simply tell something external is going on without them saying it.
- @CamGoede: Alignment of goals across the team and ensuring they support the corporate vision.
Now I would love to hear from you!
What is YOUR biggest challenge when it comes to managing people?
And what do YOU think the secret is to working with others in a way that BOTH produces satisfying results and develops stronger relationships in the process?