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SwCA Episode 155: How To Effectively Avoid The Mean Manager Syndrome!

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SHOW NOTES: Our MANAGEMENT MAGICIANS™ series is dedicated to those exceptional few who step forward to serve as guides, sages and responsible parties for others in pursuit of the greater good for society and their organization! In this episode, our topic is, "How to effectively avoid the ‘Mean Manager Syndrome’!”

Remember, most people do not want to be managers (aka “the boss”)! The “Mean Manager Syndrome” often is a result of a person who never should have accepted (or continue to accept) a management position as it overloads them (in terms of time, stress, skills, emotional outlay, etc.). You will not experience the syndrome if you:

1) Do not accept a position as a manager if it is “too much” (of anything).

2) If you do accept a position as a manager (or continue to accept one), understand that your goal is for your team to view you as “tough but fair.” When this is achieved you will not be viewed as mean but as someone who cares (about the organization, getting the work done the right way, yourself, and them). 

Here are your tools to reach this goal of being “tough but fair”:

- Care about yourself (physically, emotionally, etc.). When you are kind to yourself, you are kind to others. 

- Smile (or show humor in a manner that fits your personality and demeanor)

- Demonstrate that you care about the organization and the team (with actions not simply words)

- Hold yourself accountable…and everyone else to the same rules (no favorites or special treatment). 

- Consistency, Confidentiality and Compliance are your code of conduct.

CAUTION: If a manager is not fair, they FAIL as a manager. 

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