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Challenges at Work

January 12, 2013

Last time, we talked about concepts at work. This time, I wanted to talk more about personal challenges at work. These include People Vs. Policy, Priorities, and Management Style (again, yes).

All of my topics today actually are interconnected and interdependent. Each relies on the other, and all are affected by the rest.

People Vs. Policy includes the constant struggle within management styles of managing the people who work for you versus managing with policies and procedures. If you lean too much towards one or the other, you become a manager who does not see the whole picture. If you are part of a well-put-together team of managers, this may not be a problem. If you are a manager on your own, this can create perception issues between the employees, management, and the clientele. Finding the appropriate balance between people and policy as a manager is a major challenge for new management. You need to prioritize both in the best ways so that those who work with you understand that they are important to you, but the policies and procedures must still be followed.

Priorities are difficult to untangle no matter what the topic; more so in management. There are so many important things a manager must handle, sometimes it may become difficult for an individual to process the importance of each appropriately and take action. Other times, it is no challenge at all to decide which circumstance takes precedence. Again, there are positives and negatives to each side of the situation. Sometimes, personal feelings can cloud important issues where policy should take a higher stand. In other situations, policies may prevent an individual from doing something they feel is right; or conversely, causing them to do something they feel is wrong.

Management styles are part of this whole conundrum because how you manage yourself and others is a major part of how you make decisions about priorities and your management style is usually driven by people- or policy-mentality. All of these are important aspects of effective and globally beneficial management. Our challenge, as managers of ourselves and our teams, is to make those decisions and stand fast for the results.

I say results instead of consequences because “consequences” implies negative results. Results can be positive or negative and both are important lessons to learn for future use. We must keep in mind that everything we do influences everything around us. If we put out positive energies and thoughts, our surrounding will be a majority of positive things and vice versa with negativity.

As always, feel free to ask for clarification or a specific post devoted to a topic of interest or discussion.

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts were, you would never think another negative thing.” ~Peace Pilgrim

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