What is your idea of great management? Is it management that supports your ideas and helps you implement them or do you just like being told what to do? If you are the manager, do you want everyone to understand one another and work together seamlessly? Devora Zack says you can create the kind of workplace you want if you work at communicating and adjusting to people’s personality styles. Her most recent book, Managing for People Who Hate Managing: Be a Success By Being Yourself tells how.
Devora is a management consultant and President of Only Connect Consulting. Her background is in improvisation, theatre, acting, then branching into Organizational Behavior with an MBA from Cornell. An amazing speaker and author, who has written a book that is a combination of “Comedy Club meets the best teacher you ever had.” It’s fun to read and makes learning about your personality traits lighthearted too. Devora uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® to assess personality types and how they apply to communication and productivity in your business.
She and Dr. Nancy talk about how this kind of tool is useful to open communication with fellow workers. Devora describes how management positions are used to reward people who successfully perform their particular skill. With no training and no wish to be a manager, they are thrust into a new role that they are not prepared for and taken away from their “real job.” Dr. Nancy talks about how large companies promote people if they keep their head down and do everything requested.
Devora quotes a study that found only 10% of people who are promoted into management are prepared for it. She says that to become a good manager you have to work at eliminating stereotypes of what makes a good leader and adjust to ways of motivating different personality styles. She talks mainly about “thinkers and feelers.” The stereotype for women is that we’re all feelers when, in fact, studies show that only 43% of us are feelers and only 56.5% of men are thinkers.
Check out Devora’s website www.myonlyconnect.com. You’ll want to read the book or give one to your manager.