Life lessons from being a manager:
1. You can be kind and assertive. You must be.
2. Raising your words and calming down your words is the balance you have to know.
3. Trust people, but push them to be better.
4. You don’t need to be on email and WhatsApp all the time.
5. You cannot be friends with your colleagues. You can either be friends or get strict work done. Can’t do both.
Since I’m juggling with my new role as a manager, I’m documenting all my experiences in this category of my blog.
Some recent life lessons:
- No one will value your time unless you do.
- Kindness is superpower.
- Be prepared for every type of issues. It will make you calmer.
- Give away the credit.
- Trust, but verify
- Appreciate in public. Criticise in person.
- Keep writing. NEVER EVER EVER EVERRR stop.
- Empathy. Be there for them. But don’t allow for lethargy in work.
- You can be friends and chill around; or get work done. Can’t do both.
- When you get work done, though, it does not mean that you have to be rude. You can still be fun and chill, but friendship is another dimension.
- Be kind when they screw up. We have NO IDEA what they are going through.
- Be honest. Because YOU are watching.
- What you think about your team in your head, is what will manifest on the outside.
- You don’t HAVE to speak when there is nothing to speak.
- If you do not require any follow-up, you are GOLD.
- If you follow-up with people when they are supposed to deliver, it shows how diligent you are.
- Leave signatures through your work and your vibes.
- Measure yourself. Because what does not get measured, is not treasured.
- Writing a progress mail to your manager helps. You get to know where you are, and where you could be going.
- And, don’t be too harsh on yourself.
The more you care only about getting positive feedback, the more you will escape your growth.
Your work is to excel at your work. If you’re constantly degrading at it, you’re making it impossible for others to trust you.
Don’t focus on being liked. Focus on being curious, learning, and really really listening!
Don’t send that angry message / email. Calm yourself down.
People are people. They are going to overestimate what they do. So don’t feel let down when they
You won’t be a superhero when you commit to doing 10 projects and you do 6. You will be a superhero when you commit 6 and do 6. Your words matter. A lot.
Don’t try to impress your boss. Or anyone. The more you try to do that, they will sniff it. They just expect you to be real. And do the good old hard work. Along with the smart one.
Talk to your boss. Talk about your problems, what’s troubling you, what isn’t working, etc. Don’t expect him to get back to you every single day.
But, at the end of the day, you should be happy going to work each day 🙂