Dear Manager

A few things to remind you about the manager you set out to be, you know for when you have your next gig as a manager. What better way to hold yourself accountable than to put it online for the world to see. So here goes:

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Dear Manager,

Remember the type of manager you wanted to be. Much like the type of manager you wanted to work for. Remember that. Are you that manager now?

Believe in your people. When you no longer believe in your people, have that tough conversation with them…fix it. Do you believe in your team right now?

Fight for your people. No need to fight for your people, if you don’t believe in your people-see previous item. Fight for them to have the resources they need. Fight for their needs. Fight for their interests. Will you fight for your team today if you need to?

Stick up for your people. Stick up for your people. Stick up for your people.  Don’t let anyone belittle your profession and do not let anyone belittle your people. If you aren’t comfortable sticking up for your people we need to revisit the belief you have in your people. Will you stick up for your team today?

Remember what it was like to be in the trenches and use it for something. Don’t use it for horror stories and telling your team to suck it up and press on. Don’t use it to tell your team that it could be worse, it was worse. Use it to think of new ways your people can get their work done more efficiently. Use it to help your team think creatively to solve problems. Use it as a reminder to not take your people in the trenches for granted. Use it to keep yourself from getting frustrated with your people in the trenches. Some days were tough. Use it for improvement. Do you remember what it was like?

Don’t use the phrase “that’s just how we do that here,” or “that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Don’t discourage your team from thinking creatively and/or understanding processes. You cannot undo that. Are you discouraging people?

Don’t set your people up for failure. You can prevent that.

Grow your people. Grow your people in whatever way they are willing to grow.

Forgive your people when they make a mistake.

Listen. Listen to what their needs are, what their wants are, what their goals are. How can you help them today?

Finally, keep adding to this. You can’t have too many reminders to bring you back to what it was like. Don’t just say you don’t want to be a certain way when you’re manager, act on it. Hold yourself accountable and do what’s right.

Sincerely,

The younger you that knew she needed a break from being a manager. It can be tough on both sides of the table. 

Social Accountability

One of my favorite things about being connected to other professionals online is the accountability it brings. I am an advocate for connecting to other professionals and exchanging stories and best practices. As fast as the world moves these days no one should be spending time reinventing the wheel (and believe me our problems are not as unique as we think they are). I’m connected to people from all over the country through this blog, my Facebook, twitter, Instagram, g+ and I love it. I read what they are sharing, I call on them for advice, we call on them as a chapter when we need some great speakers, we solicit invitations to write for each other and encourage each other to be better professionals for our businesses.

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It also holds me accountable for my recruiting. I’m connected with recruiters that are far more experienced than me so when I do a lame post to catch the eye of job seekers and then call those experienced recruiters to complain that I can’t find anyone for this position, they are going to call me on my crappy work. I can’t hide what I’m doing if there is an electronic trail of everything I’ve published right? Sometimes we like to tell our side of the story when we are complaining, venting or presenting information but if it’s online there is no getting around what was said (or wasn’t said). No sugar-coating or pretending I gave it all my effort if there is proof that I didn’t.

You can use social accountability for any and everything these days. Seriously, there are groups for like every single thing. I also use it for fitness. I follow people on Instagram that workout like beasts every day. We look forward to seeing each other post about our workouts and we encourage each other to keep going. It’s a wonderful thing to see that someone you follow did a killer workout even when they didn’t want to on the very same day that you are considering skipping your workout. The cool thing about using twitter and IG (and FB even though some people think otherwise) for accountability is when you use a hashtag (not a pound sign Juanita 🙂 ) for your group to track! I’ve found one that combines my HR world and my fitness world. Wait for it…wait. for. it.: #hrfitcrew (Thank you Chris for kicking that off!) I totally found this by accident, but I love that its other HR pros getting fit and encouraging/challenging each other. I know this makes me sound like a huge dork, but it’s perfect for me.