As a manager your aim should always be to perform as well as you can, to achieve the aims and objectives of the company. You also need to make sure that the members of your team are pulling in the the same direction, and that they are enthused about the work that they are doing. Being surrounded by people who are just there for the salary is not going to get the job done as effectively as possible.
Managers can benefit from reading “Think BIG – How to Conquer the World with a Great Idea”, by Dr. h. c. Harald Seiz. The book is aimed at providing advice to would-be entrepreneurs and is written by one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in the world. However, there is useful information for managers of any team.
The value of an effective team
In “Think BIG”, Dr Seiz says,
“Everyone has their limits. That’s why you need the right team. Everyone has their task and everyone is important in their own way for the overall concept to become a well-functioning organism.”
This is true of a manager in a business just the same as it is for an entrepreneur who is looking to build a team around them. No-one achieves success on their own. No matter how good a manager is, their real skill lies in engaging the people who they manage, and motivating them to achieve a shared goal. This skill is discussed in “Think BIG” as it’s just as vital for an entrepreneur who wants to work with a passionate team to engage people with their idea, as it is to a manager who wants to get the best out of the people they manage.
The importance of self-confidence in a manager
In his book, Dr. Seiz talks about the value of self-confidence. He talks about embracing his own self-confidence as a teenager when he impersonated Elvis Presley as his favourite disco. As an entrepreneur himself, Dr. Seiz emphasises how important self-confidence is to anyone who wants a successful entrepreneurial career.
However, the message is just as relevant to managers. It’s vital for a manager to have self-confidence in their own ability. If they do not have this self-confidence, it’s unlikely that their team will be confident in them. This can have an adverse effect on the achievement of business goals.
Making the Dr. Seiz message work for you as a manager
You do not have to be an entrepreneur to benefit from what Dr. Seiz has to say, in “Think BIG”. Yes, that is his intended audience, but many of the messages can be just as useful to managers. It’s important to engender belief in you, from your team. You can do this by being self-confident and showing the people you manage that you know what you are doing, and that you believe in the goals and vision that you are trying to achieve together. This means that your team is more likely to be inspired by you, and have the passion to optimise performance.