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Jan 10, 2019 03:57:35

I'm a Great Worker, but an Abysmal Manager

by @abrahamKim PATRON | 212 words | 7🔥 | 370💌


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I always thought I'd make a good dad, but the way I run my life provides countering evidence.

I'm not a lazy guy. Actually, I really enjoy doing hard work. But I just can't get myself to do so consistently, thus the situation on my plate is: good employee with no direction due to abysmal management. 

What's the deal with this manager? Why so shitty? 

Turns out the manager is too invested into the employee's feelings. The manager remembers what it feels like to have been an employee, because he had been an employee himself. And when he had been an employee, he had gotten to do what he wanted; his own manager had not provided any concrete tasks to do anyways. So instead of working hard he had just done what he wanted, which was eat cake, drink Heineken, and watch YouTube.

To the current manager, this seems like a blink ago. A moment's time. But because of his experience, he can't seem to force the employee now under his management to do the hard things that he wants done. He can't bring himself to do it. So instead he just allows his own employee to do as he pleases. Just as his own management had done for him.

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    @abrahamKim so what would you like to change?

    Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Jan 10, 2019 05:14:44
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      Not be afraid to make concrete goals.

      I'm afraid to make them because of being scared to fail once the goals are defined.

      This is a popular problem I notice

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 11, 2019 01:06:57
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      @abrahamKim Very true. Check out the concept of "80 percenting" by Hank Green. It might help.

      Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Jan 11, 2019 04:03:39
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    @abrahamKim can I be cheeky and recommend an edit? Your title gave me the impression you were saying YOU were an abysmal manager - would you say "I'm a great worker but have an abysmal manager" or "I'm a great worker with an abysmal manager" instead?

    Sam Lloyd avatar Sam Lloyd | Jan 10, 2019 05:04:20
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      But I wanted to highlight how important the role of the manager was. That without a good manager, the worker is 95 % times doomed to not do much.

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 11, 2019 01:06:20
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      @abrahamKim aha yeah I get it. True. Plus a crappy manager will sap the motivation out of a good worker. who will then appear a lot crappier than they otherwise would be.

      Sam Lloyd avatar Sam Lloyd | Jan 11, 2019 04:18:40
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