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Successful Managers Should Pay the LEAST Attention To

A friend of mine took an assessment test and was asked this:

Successfull managers should pay the LEAST attention to:
  • Selecting the right staff.
  • Thoroughly training all staff.
  • Setting clear goals and work standards.
  • Rewarding effective performance.
  • Weeding out poor performers.


Doesn’t that feel like one of those questions where you can’t win at all?

Isn’t it true that when a manger stops paying attention things start to fall apart?

I’d choose the first one. As a manager you are not always in a position to choose your team members. But with the others applied you can make the best even out of those you would not have chosen.

What do you think?


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Two other Opinions:

  1. Coleen Davis
    20:43 on Sunday, December 24th, 2006
    Excellent question, Frank.

    It seems to me that “weeding out poor performers” is the area where the manager should spend the least amount of time.

    If the manager selects the best candidates, provides them with the opportunities to learn the skills, helps them understand what is expected and how performance will be measured, and rewards performance, how many poor performers will the manager have?

    It seems to me that the answer is “few, if any.”
  2. Frank Kanu
    10:06 on Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
    Coleen,

    If the manager selects the best candidates, provides them with the opportunities to learn the skills, helps them understand what is expected and how performance will be measured, and rewards performance, how many poor performers will the manager have?

    But wouldn’t that mean that you have actually put some effort on weeding out the poor performers?

    Frank

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