Managing For Dummies
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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.

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Bob Nelson, PhD, is the founder and President of Nelson Motivation, Inc., a management training and consulting firm based in San Diego, California. He is the author of the multi-million copy best-selling book 1001 Ways to Reward Employees and (with Peter Economy) The Management Bible.

Peter Economy is the Associate Editor for Leader to Leader and is the bestselling author of more than 50 books.

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