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It’s quite common for managers focused on achieving the company’s vision and goals to get to this state of discouragement.
I’ve been working with a couple managers of different organizations who are exactly in this state. They lack energy, having worked to exhaustion for the company. They’re starting to be short with their coworkers and families. And, in one case, they were internalizing their frustrations and shutting down communication with their boss.
Does this sound familiar?
To be a great manager, you need to have a clear vision of what you want to do with your life. You have to be willing and able to take responsibility for your future and managing yourself. You need to decide whether that future dream can be achieved doing what you’re doing.
If you want to be a good manager, you need to hear and see yourself as others hear and see you. You really have to care about and show interest in the people you supervise.
Finding your life vision is not always simple. As a successful manager, you may have always thought you had to focus on achieving the company objective.
Perhaps the company objective is for you to drive a team to achieve high sales goals. You might be invigorated by this if your vision is to have lots of money or be a top sales manager. But if you decide that to work in a low-stress environment and spend more time with your family is more important than achieving high sales or making more money, then you’re going to feel unmotivated and eventually burn out.
While it might be counterintuitive, a manager must think about what you need first. If the company can provide for many of those needs, you’ll feel energized in managing that business.
Once you decide the management position has potential, think like an owner in terms of where money is coming from and where it’s going.
A great manager looks at the processes of the business and tries to make them better. A great manager understands the needs of their staff and works to help them reach their potential. By achieving success in these areas, you’ll be re-energized, re-motivated.
Business owners, in turn, need to ensure that managers aren’t burning out. Give them the skills, opportunities and trust to build and improve your companies. Encourage, celebrate and enjoy the successes that these managers create and don’t be threatened by them.
Owners and managers have a responsibility to better their workplaces by creating environments and cultures that are conducive to fulfilling the lives, dreams and visions of everyone.
If you’re a manager who is stuck or an owner who wants to create a management team that is focused, invigorated and successful, get help (a great book for managers is Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Manager).
You have nothing to lose but you might just get your life back!
Troy Media columnist David Fuller, MBA, is a certified professional business coach and author who helps business leaders ensure that their companies are successful. David is author of the book Profit Yourself Healthy.
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