The title I used for this article is a saying or sort of a proverb. I thought it best fits for this post because I will speak about managers who do not see the obvious and continue adopting the same strategies which proved ineffective.
A manager should be able to see his faults before seeing the faults of his employees. If he adopts a certain strategy at work for a long time and it proved ineffective, then he should CHANGE it. I know a manager for example who adopted a technique for 10 years now and the result was people keep resigning. He has a very high turn over rate and people hate him around the office. Employees join the company motivated and hard-workers and gradually they lose their talent, lose their enthusiasm and even lose their interest to work. Their quality of work degrades and their mistakes keep increasing. In spite of all that; he always blames it on someone else and never wants to admit that it is his own fault.
Part of being a good manager is evaluating your strategies and leadership skills. You have to be able to motivate your people and bring the best out of them.
I read a good quotation that says:
“if you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully.” – Thomas Fuller
This is very true, be reasonable if you want to be obeyed. Show people that you trust them, because if they feel that you don’t trust them they will not strive to achieve.
Also if you want to be followed and obeyed, then you have to be a role model. Don’t ask them to do things that you yourself fail to do. For example, if you come in late, you can’t ask them to be punctual. If you forget certain matters, do mistakes and miss deadlines, you can’t ask them to be perfect.
To succeed as a manager work on yourself first…See your own mistakes and resolve them and you will find people naturally following your steps.