Circumference of Me – Chapter 10

10 See the C’s. Be the C’s ambitions

There are three C’s that managers take to the Everyday Business Bank: Cooperation, coordination, communication.

A survey of the world’s top corporate managers would reveal startling similarities among their management techniques. Without exception, even if they use different words in different ways with different emphasis, all would agree that the Three C’s are the defining differences between passable managers and ones destined to be remembered as difference-makers.

Cooperation embraces ideas that come from other people and other departments or organizations, and their value. It is not a simple give-and-take action, but a give-and-receive method of operation with far-ranging benefits. The very basis of cooperation is two-way communication — it binds groups and individuals to a central project.

Coordination between the same entities deepens the personal, intellectual, and corporate relationships between them. One group’s success hinges on the actions of the other group’s participants. It is the corporate equivalent of the group hug.

By now, you can tell the most important of the three C’s is positive and uplifting communication.

Far too many projects die horrible, screaming deaths; far too many careers crash and burn; far too many companies suffer because of people’s inability to talk to other people.

Regardless of your charismatic qualities, personal commitment to success, basic leadership abilities, vision, creativity, or multi-tasking acumen, you cannot become a great manager without the ability to accurately convey ideas to others, paint word images that can be easily seen by others, or effectively communicate verbally or with the written word.

If you are not an accomplished communicator, don’t sit around and whine internally about your shortcoming. Do something about it. Take a business communications course from a local college or university or online. Read recommended books about leadership and management techniques.

Be proactive about communication, one of the most important of all management traits.

While sheer will and determination can perform miracles, those attributes have only short-term value. Even the most gifted leader cannot be successful without working for, with, and through others. As a matter of undisputed fact, there is no one-person major company.

Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.

Great managers constantly search for ways for their efforts and the efforts of people in their department to help other departments and managers succeed for the good of the business.

Good managers become great managers by building coalitions through mutual respect, and offering assistance on common projects. Building a strong partnership on a single project can help you climb innumerable rungs on your career ladder.

Seeking a successive string of promotions and title enhancements is a sign of a focused manager. Managers only interested in bigger titles may get them, but they might be the only goals they attain, at the cost of greater and more valuable goals, like gaining deserved responsibility and respect through your ability to address challenges responsibly. Do that, and your titles will come.

A title is only as good as the character of the person who holds it.

Great managers never let their egos, turfs or quests for titles interfere with the primary goal of corporate wellness.

A mixture of a strong grasp of reality and a helpful spirit pours the foundations of strong corporate careers.

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