5 Mental Habits of Effective Managers

1.Effective managers know where there time goes. They work systematically at managing the little of their time that can be brought under their control.

2.Effective managers focus on outward contribution. They gear their efforts to results rathan than to work. They start out with the question, “what results are expected of me?” rather than with the work to be done, let alone with its techniques and tools.

3.Effective managers bulid on strength-their own strengths, the strength for their superiors,colleagues.and subordinates; and on the strengths in the situation,that is, on what they cna do. They do not bulid on weakness. They do not start out with the things they can not do.

4.Effective managers concentrate on the few major areas where superior performance will produce outstanding results. They force themseleves to set priorities and stay with their priority decisions. They know that they have no choice but to do first things first-and second things not at all. The alternatives is to get nothing done.

5.Effective managers, finally,make effective decisions. They know that this is, above all, a matters of system-of the right steps in the right sequence. They know than an effective decision is always a judgement based on “dissenting opinions” rather than on “consensus on the facts.” And they know that to make many decisions fast means to make the wrong decisions. What is needed are few, but fundamental, decisions. What is needed is the right strategy rather than razzle-dazzle tacties.