Management Legacy Hack: How Are You Remembered As a Manager?
There’s a lot of talk recently about how bad management costs our economy $360 billion annually.
We always hear about how jerks are bad for business. Yet, I’ve never once seen a “bad boss rehabilitation program”.
Because bad bosses don’t have time for further education (they have poor time management skills), they don’t have patience unless it’s quick and dirty (their employees can attest) and they operate under the assumption that they know everything…
No one will attend such a program; not by a long shot (unless forced by higher-ups of course).
So what can we do? How can we save the economy? How can we help subordinates everywhere?
We need a solution that won’t cost those managers time. It must be “quick and dirty”. It needs to come from them, since they won’t accept any negative feedback.
On top of that, this hack (let’s call it a hack for convenience sake) needs to answer the all too important question that many of those bad managers live by: “what’s in it for me?”
This is a hard one to crack, I admit…
On the top of the Maslow Pyramid lays self-actualization. The self-actualization peak lies on the lower foundations of self-esteem, belonging, safety and the physiological base. Without functioning lower pyramid parts, we can’t reach self-actualization.
What if I told you that the answer is already here, it’s just being ignored by people with no time, no vision and no self-actualization?
It’s called the Management Legacy Hack and it requires a few seconds to understand.
We all stand on the shoulders of giants, those who lead by example. We all had a great coach, teacher, father, mother, brother or sister; someone who taught us a lot about life and about ourselves.
We remember them fondly and when we think about them we attribute warm feelings and superhuman abilities. Some even do so with managers they used to work with.
A manager is a coach. A manager is a teacher. And most of all, a manager is a role model to those working under him. Whether that model is good or bad – that’s up to him/her.
The Management Legacy Hack manifesto pushes managers to think how they will be remembered by their employees. It’s an eye-opener to things done wrong.
Here are the 13 questions that you’ll need to answer to pass the manager legacy hack …good luck!
How will your employees remember you?
1# Will they remember how you lifted their spirits when they failed?
2# Will they remember that you were the first to congratulate them when they succeeded?
3# Will they remember that you admitted you’re wrong when you were?
4# Will they remember the honesty in which you conducted your daily affairs?
5# Will they remember that you never accepted mediocrity; not from them nor from yourself?
6# Will they refer to you as a “genius” because you were the most prepared person in the room?
7# Will they say that you were fearless because you “told it like it is”?
8# Will they call you “insane” with admiration for doing the things they couldn’t/wouldn’t do?
9# Will they remember that you walked the walk, not only talked the talk?
10# Will they remember that you had a vision but they were the ones who achieved it?
11# Will they remember that you took a bullet for them?
12# Will they remember that they were a team – your team?
13# Will they mentor others, using you as a role model?
After answering these questions positively you’ll find that you reached self-actualization…
Because employees who reach self-actualization help their managers (spiritually, motivationally and financially) reach self-actualization.
So, what will your legacy look like?
Art by: E-Bow-The-Letter