I don’t know about you, but recently, wherever I go (restaurants, shops, visit offices of clients) I am stunned how many people work at a job and have absolutely zero passion about it. No juice, no life, no love, no passion in the job. They simly do not bother, do not care.
I remember, early 90ties, when I started to work at my first job. I loved it. I was so keen on learning. Then, after some years of working I ended up at a job that I considered a mistake. At least from my point of view. I did not care about the job, the company, my colleagues. It was a waste of time for everybody, but the biggest waste of time for me. At that time I did not realise I was my own enemy. I took the job for the money, but lost much more. I lost the precious time.
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Some participants in training and coaching address this topic. Can anybody learn and become a manager? Can it be taught or is it a gift? Are people with that gift better managers? Good manager by my participants’ definition is someone who gets results through his team, he is followed by people voluntarily, his team is steady, the atmosphere is productive and positive.
Here are my thoughts based on my experience and the observation of several thousand managers, team leaders, GMs and CEO’s.
Let’s simplify the point of view. The answer to the above questions is YES and NO (now you can see why I am a consultant )
Yes — anybody can become a manager
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This motivational speech of Al Pacino in Any given sunday and every single sentence of his describes everything we train and coach the leaders and managers in. It has been my favourite because he covers it beautifully in 4 minutes.
Anybody who wishes to motivate and lead a team should listen to it over and over and every time a new message will come through.
Enjoy .… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4tIrjBDkk
Every time positive attitude is mentioned in any training, coaching sessions, managing or leading people, there is a major grin on some people’s faces. And at the same time, one of these variations come up almost everytime: I cannot smile all the time.…., Oh, I wish it was that easy.…, or How can I be positive if all the bad stuff is happening to me.….…,or Yeah, sure, like a movie star, faking it.….You have no idea what my boss is like, you would not be positive if you knew him.…I have so much debt I am stuck in this horrible company to pay it off.…
Earl Nightingale said: “You become what you think about. If you think in negative terms you will get negative results. If you think in positive terms you will achieve positive results. Believe and succeed. People always blame the circumstances for what they are.“
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In 2006 or so, there was a European Championship in soccer held in Prague. The Czech National soccer team called every excellent Czech soccer player there was to come to represent the country and play for the national team. All famous names (Nedved, Rosicky, Cech) confirmed the representation. The result was undoubted. Everybody in Czech Republic was more than sure the victory is secured. Even the team selected to play against Czech Republic at the final match was easy — Belgium. Or not? Czech team had more than necessary experience, a lot of expertise and a lot of self confidence. Well, what happened? Czechs lost to a complete outsider who had players that nobody knew or even heard about. No famous names, no stars…
What was it then that made them loose? Simple and short, the Czech team was a team of STARS, whereas the Belgian team was a STAR TEAM.
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