Being a reflective practitioner, of anything worth doing, is one of the best ways to learn, be consistent or adjust when needed. In fact as part of the self learning cycle that you can manage for yourself, reflecting on past performance is a great way to pinpoint, for yourself, changes that are possible and improvements that can be made.
First-time managers and experienced managers - “What's your role?” It’s to manage the people that work with you, for you, and to deliver your business objectives, KPIs and goals. As you step into your job, especially as a first-time manager, your ability and your competencies are, initially, more in line with you as a Rockstar individual contributor. We know that when you step into the job, you know you don’t know it all - you are very conscious of that fact! You are at the point where you need direction on how to succeed.
Two of the people I worked with this week, one a client and one a potential client, were both figuring out how to continue to grow. They were teaching themselves about how to continue learning - they were still open, agile and adapting.
On the other side, I hear clients say, “I got this!”. And they do. They’ve worked hard and they own it. They make it theirs’ and they keep the hard won victory close. In fact, they use the same approach over and over - “I got this!”.