Tips on being a manager

RECENTLY I have had the opportunity to attend a couple of breakfast meetings hosted by the Australian Institute of Management.

In late April "The Complexities of Managing in the Regions - A Leadership Forum" was chaired by Kurt Heidecker (GILG) with an outstanding discussion panel including Kevin Berg (Bechtel), Glenn Schumacher (NRG) and Julie Boyd (previous mayor of Mackay).

This was an excellent discussion around the challenges of being a manager and leader in a regional area. Importantly, while it was recognised that working and living in a regional area has its own unique challenges, there are many challenges faced by managers of teams, organisations or businesses, that are "global" and generic.

The key insights I obtained were:

Be a role model, make good business decisions

Be the best you can be. Seek out a mentor for yourself - even one outside of your industry to keep you challenged, focused and on a path of continual self-development (personal and professional). It was said that "we all become a little bit of the good people we meet along the way".

Create a community with a positive environment

As a manager/leader you should be actively involved with your team/organisation. Get to know them, and what is going on in the workplace, and where possible interact on a personal level with your team. Stop. Listen. Understand.

People make the difference

It is people that make the difference - not machinery, software or technology. If your team members are not successful, you won't be.


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