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Supporting Yourself with Daily Affirmations for Managers

By Bob Nelson, Peter Economy

Part of Managing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

No one ever said that being a manager is easy. And if someone ever did say that, obviously he’s never been the boss. You can make your job as a manager easier by supporting yourself with the following daily affirmations:

  • The energy of your area and the people in it starts with you. Be an energizing manager.

  • Managing is a people job. Put people first.

  • Managing is what you do with people, not to people.

  • Walk your talk; back up your words with actions. People believe what they see more than what they hear.

  • You gain power when you share power with your employees.

  • The best business is common sense.

  • Always ask: What do your customers value, and how do you know that they value it?

  • The best performance starts with clear goals.

  • You get what you reward.

  • If you can’t measure performance, you can’t manage it.

  • It’s not personal, it’s business.

  • If you don’t like the way things are today, be patient. Everything will change tomorrow.

  • Make work fun. Doing so is good for you and for the bottom line.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff (it’s all small stuff).

  • The simple approach is often the best approach.