Peter Bolt’s 10 Steps for Achieving Success Without Selling Your Soul
1 You can’t manage others if you can’t manage yourself. Realize that you are in charge of your life and that it’s up to you to make a success of it. Learn the value of being well prepared at all times, understand your priorities, welcome accountability and even adversity, and develop and maintain a positive attitude.
2 Time is your most valuable asset use it wisely. Don’t be one of those managers who are slaves to time. Develop time management strategies that will ensure that you are on top of both work and home time pressures. And above all, remember to schedule a regular three hour thinking session so that you allow yourself quality time to think through the big issues.
3 Perception is reality. How you are perceived by your superiors, peers and team members is of critical importance to your success in your organization. Be sure you are aware of how others see you, even if you think it unfair or inaccurate, so that you can take steps to.
4 Be a manager who gets things done. Success will depend on your getting things done, so you need to develop a mindset and approach that is results oriented. Plan your activities carefully, and then find ways to ensure that they happen on time and as planned.
5 Perfect the art of delegation. Delegating work to others is a key component of successful management and not delegating often leads to disaster. Delegating does not mean abdicating responsibility, but rather developing your team members to their full potential, while allowing you to concentrate on matters of importance Successful delegation has an impact on time management, leadership, getting things done, managing the balance and much more work on it today!
6 Be a manager that inspires others. Being a leader that others want to follow is another key component of being a successful manager. Remember at all times that people are your most valuable resource and that it is up to you to get the most out of them that you can. Learn to manage fairly but firmly, to be a mentor and a coach, but also a disciplinarian as needed, and to set a good example in both what you say and what you do.
7 Learn how to manage upwards, downwards and sideways in the organization. Being a successful manager is about more than just leading your team. You must also understand how to manage upwards, so that you develop a strong, sustained relationship with your boss, and also to manage sideways so that you work well with your peers. This requires strong communication skills, as well as good interpersonal skills that help you to understand and respond to the needs of others
8 Actively manage your career. To be successful you need to try to understand at all times where you’ve been and where you’re going. Don’t be someone who just floats through life and takes things as they come. Be flexible and open to new challenges, but also take time to reflect on the choices before you. Know your strengths and weaknesses, be true to yourself, and then have the ‘bottle’ to go for it.
9 Act with integrity at all times be a manager (and person) with ‘bottle’. Achieving success by less than honorable means is a hollow victory. Cutting corners, stabbing colleagues in the back, or being disloyal to your boss or organization, are all examples of managers lacking integrity. When faced with an ethical dilemma, consider the options and repercussions carefully, and then be true to yourself. You have to be able to live with your actions. This also pertains to your home life. Be someone who has the ‘bottle’ to place your family life before your work life, to appreciate your partner and to spend time with your children. You won’t regret it.
10 Find the balance. Life is short and it’s up to you to make the most of your time on the planet. If you find that you are under pressure at work, that you are working many more hours than you should be, that your mental and physical well being are at risk, then stop think about what you are doing and what you want out of life. And then take whatever steps are needed to change things. If you do, you may find what you have been missing all these years.