February 1998 Web Brief
Learning to be Successful

Quote of the month: "The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they are expected to do-they always reach." Lee Iacocca

How to Be a Great Manager
Source: Communication Briefings ideas that work

Management consultant Peter Stark suggests the following if you want to make it to the top in management:

  • Develop positive vision. See success before it arrives.
    Example: Successful managers when visualizing themselves walking across a high wire see themselves walking to the other side. Managers who struggle usually have their focus on not falling off the rope.
  • Think big. Look for ideas that will be contagious and excite people.
  • Encourage others to do their best. Successful managers believe that people do want to make a significant contribution. Coach, counsel and develop people to live up to their potential.
  • Set up and maintain high expectations for all who work with you. Mediocrity does not generate a highly motivated work force.
  • Overuse polite phrases. Unsuccessful managers donít seem to find the time to say "please" and "thank you."

Source: The Managerís Advisor, Peter Barron Stark & Associates Inc., 16935 W. Bernardo Drive, Ste. 104, San Diego, CA 92127