Managers need to constantly learn and improve their skills just like all the rest of your staff. Big things can happen when you learn new concepts and techniques that improve your performance.
Some of the best lessons I have learned have been insights gained from watching and observing others. I have also gained a considerable amount of skill by attending formal classes. One of the quickest ways to improve your skill set is to get the “abridged” or condensed version from those who have already walked in the shoes you are walking in now.
The first time down any path can be confusing, vague, difficult, and especially challenging. How many times have you listened to someone explain an issue to you and the “light goes on”? There are all types of educational resources available to you if you want to take advantage of them, , , some formal and some not so formal.
Invest in yourself each year and you will see that the results of your efforts improve considerably over time.
Don’t underestimate the value of having a solid mentor, , , or two. A good coach can save you considerable time and frustration on any number of topics and situations. Good mentors are literally worth their weight in gold because of the differences they can make in your productivity and effectiveness by sharing their experiences that can help you in areas you are seeing for the first time.
Take the knowledgeable path with a mentor; you will have fewer bruises.