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How to be a successful Manager?

Once we have aspired to management level we all want to be a successful manager.
This can be a challenge more so if you do not have the management skills to perform this job.
Many books have been written about what a manager should and should not know.
There is even much discussion about whether a manager should be managing or leading.
I am of the view that there is little point in differentiating between whether you should manage or lead.
Once you have been elevated to a manager’s position you must manage and lead.
You are the one to control, delegate, guide, facilitate, provide leadership to meet the department/company’s objectives.
You are also the one the team will look up to. You are the exemplar and you have to learn to balance your relationship between your team and the management/senior management.
leader helping
One difference that I have personally recognized between being a manager and a leader is the style. Managers are just concerned about getting the work completed and meeting targets. Some of them are more concerned about their reputation i.e if the team surpass or did not meet the agreed targets. Leaders on the other take a more holistic approach to the management of the team. They reach out to the team, they guide, coach, they work together as a team, they listen effectively and discipline when required. They also remember where they came from. If you can bring these two together then you are on your way to being a successful manager.

Take a look at some tips on being a successful manager:
Tips for the successful manager

Some of these tips can also be used if you have your own business.

There are a number of new managers and your comments would help them when they land their first management job, so let me know what you think.

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How to have a great Friday!

Most people, especially  office workers breathe a sigh of relief because it is Friday.

In some offices there tend to be a very relaxed mood which at times may  help to move the work flows quickly or it may hamper productivity.   This is the day where we love to take the extended   lunch hour and engage in excessive chit chat – not necessarily work related.  Here are some ideas you can use to shine through the day:

1.  Do most of your work the day before or come in earlier. Oops! Did I say earlier? Yes, starting an extra hour or even half an hour earlier will help you achieve a lot and leave you free to move with the flow.

2.  Identify the things that must be done today and those you can leave off. If you place everything in the desk draw chances are that you may forget to do something important.

3.  If there is a dress down policy do adhere to it. There is nothing more distracting on the job where ladies are concerned than see-through tops and revealing assets.

4.  Do remember that whatever you do on these Fridays maybe be reflected in your performance review.

If you are a supervisor or manager this is one of the best days for reward and recognition meetings or team building.

Best way to Plan

God’s Purposes – taken from The Bible In One Year by Nicky Gumble

Back in 1981 Pippa and I felt that God was calling us to full-time ministry in the Church of England and for me to become an ordained minister.  We also felt that we should do our training in Durham starting in September 1982.  I was on the top of the waiting list for the theological college at Durham University.  I was told it was almost certain someone would drop out and I was virtually guaranteed to get a place.  Based on this I announced our plans widely, including telling the set of chambers, where I was practising as a barrister, that I was leaving.

Just before I was due to start we received news that, exceptionally, no one had dropped out that year and it would not be possible for us to go.  We tried everything to persuade them to change their minds.  We desperately tried to find another theological college that would accept us.  We prayed and pushed as hard as we could but to no avail.  The door was firmly shut.

The following year was extremely difficult.  I was given very little work by my chambers as they knew I was leaving and so had no incentive to build my career.  It was a huge disappointment and mystifying at the time.

In the end, we went to Oxford to study the following year and eventually started a curacy at HTB in 1986.  With hindsight, had we got the place at Durham, the timing would have meant that a curacy at HTB would have been out of the question and we would not be doing what we are doing today.  I am so thankful to God that he blocked our plans and that what we now believe were his purposes prevailed.

There are times when life is not easy.  It is difficult to work out what God is doing in terms of our work, family, temptation, finances, disappointments, bereavement or opposition.  How do we cope in these situations?

1.  God’s purposes and our plans

Proverbs 16:8-17

It is right to plan.  However, we need to do it with the necessary humility, recognising that our plans will only succeed ‘if it is the Lord’s will’ (see James 4:13–15).  The writer of Proverbs says, ‘In your heart you may plan your course, but the Lord determines your steps’ (Proverbs 16:9).

His purposes are ‘good, pleasing and perfect’ (Romans 12:2).  Sometimes we align our plans with God’s purposes, but from time to time – certainly in my experience – God thankfully overrules our plans.  We should always bear in mind that we may have got it wrong and ultimately it is the Lord who determines our steps.

God often works out his purposes through good leadership.  Good leaders motivate others (Proverbs 16:10).  They do not base their decisions simply on what is popular: ‘Sound leadership has a moral foundation’ (v.12b, MSG).  They cultivate an environment of candour: ‘Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisers who tell them the truth’ (v.13, MSG).  They ‘invigorate lives; they’re like spring rain and sunshine’ (v.15, MSG).

Thank you, Lord, that although we make plans in our hearts ultimately it is your purpose that prevails.  In making our plans may we always say, at least in our hearts, ‘If it is the Lord’s will’.



Motivation and Health Tip – Be Yourself and Weight Loss Tip


We all want to be like someone else.
We want to be like this star, or this leader,
or we want to look like this or that person.

Why don’t you just be yourself!!

Oscar Wilde said:
Be yourself, everyone else is taken.

In performing the wedding ceremony of
Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Bishop
of London used this quote from St Catherine of
” Be who God created you to be, and you will set the world on fire.”



Do you know that eating while engaged in another
activity like watching TV  or reading actually
increases weight gain because digestion slows
down allowing more fat to build up?

So focus on your eating.
Have a glass of room temperature water before you eat.
Start with your salad or vegetables first.
Avoid drinking while chewing as this increases the chance of gas.
End with a hot drink. This aids digestion.

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