Find out something is terrible before you do it!
Those who follow me on social media, know I am currently finishing writing my book on management. These past couple of weeks I have been collecting feedback from friends and co-workers, which leads me to this critical point regarding management in general.
Never be afraid to ask for feedback! (No, this isn’t going to turn into a self-congratulatory post)
Some managers don’t ask for feedback because simply put, they know everything. We’re not referring to those, since thankfully they aren’t found naturally occurring too often in nature. Seriously though, asking for feedback can be frightening, daunting, and even discouraging. What if my work is terrible? What if they hate the idea? What if they think it’s a total waste of time? What if I have to go back and do it all again?
You know what’s worse than all those things? Doing something and THEN
finding out it’s terrible!
If you are a manager and have an important presentation to give, send it around to some other managers you trust for an opportunity to provide input. If you are about to give a major speech, practice it in front of an audience of one or two to ensure the message is getting across.
Walk into a Jewish study hall and you will generally see two people sitting across from one another animatedly discussing or perhaps even shouting ideas at each other. This is because they know when someone’s ideas are discussed and dissected they are often sharpened and crystallized to a much higher degree than when they were originally fashioned.
Being a manager often requires a certain degree of “bravery”. There are endless decisions about personnel, budgets, negotiations, business plans etc. So, when it comes to your own ideas, presentations, speeches, organizational changes, be “courageous” and collect feedback from relevant people. Obviously, it doesn’t mean decision by committee, or abandoning an idea every time someone says, “It won’t work.” Rather, you’ll be as prepared as possible for scenarios you didn’t think of or questions you weren’t anticipating. You may not like what you hear by getting feedback, but it's certainly better than your own manager not liking what he or she sees/hears/reads if you don't!