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Fundamentals of Management February 22, 2008

Posted by rickbron in Management, Management Principle, Uncategorized.

p5130012.jpg  Management is more art than science. Just like the Big Dogz in art understand the fundamentals, so do the Big Dogz in management. Here are three major fundamentals of management:

Fundamental principle — management is about customization. The Big Dogz do not treat everyone the same; they treat people fairly, but they customize their actions to the person. The Big Dogz modify the way they communicate, give objectives and ask people how to work to name a few actions they tailor to individuals. Remember, one size does not fit all.

Fundamental question — am I satisfied with the results I am getting? If the answer is yes, the Big Dogz continue doing what they are doing. If the answer is no, then the Big Dogz set up an experiment and try something else. The big Dogz do not just randomly change their actions. They consider what has worked for them or for others. They get help from mentors and guides. But above all, they try something different.

Fundamental action — self reflection! Every successful manager uses this tool to help align them for success. The Big Dogz schedule a periodic interview with themselves. This interview is about 10 minutes at least once a month for self reflection. They go to a quiet place and ask themselves these three questions:

  1. What am I doing that I want to continue to do?
  2. What am I doing that I want to stop doing?
  3. What do I know about that I want to start doing?

In this way, the Big Dogz are constantly experimenting with action, determining effectiveness, and then adding these proven techniques to their personal tool kit. They also take the tough step of discarding actions and approaches that are not working.

The Big Dogz apply these fundamentals and demonstrate effective management. Track your self over the next 30 days to see how you are following these management basics.




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