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Are You Managed?

Let’s look at things from the point of view of an employee for a moment. (As a manager, this is directly relevant, since you’re an employee, too.) Think of the job interview. Traditionally, the employer asks questions and the prospective employee dutifully answers them. Even when they’re given the opportunity to ask their own questions, job-seekers seldom do. If you’re in this situation but you fail to ask questions, how can you really find out whether the company you may be working for is well-managed or chaotic? (The employer’s questions aren’t likely to give that information away.) Job seekers are trained and counseled to answer questions, but maybe it would be better if we encouraged them to ask questions and gave them some guidance on how to do it effectively. It might keep a lot of people from stepping into the “perfect job” that ultimately doesn’t turn out to be perfect at all!

“Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them”.
Paul Hawken

Are the problems interesting or boring?

Who is in charge?

Are you managed by a woman or by a man?

Does it make a difference?

Should it?

    It is sad and shameful that in this day and age gender still plays a role in the business world. Words like “smart“, “creative“, “assertive“, and “talented” are neither female nor male. Yet it still happens too frequently that a woman reaches a certain rung on the management ladder but then goes no further. By keeping women from rising to their full potential, companies are eliminating half (perhaps more than half) of their talented managers suitable for the job.

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