New management can often bring remarkable changes in an organization and within a short time one can look around and wonder where all their cronies have gone. But, some may say, “better them than me!” A number of managers hang on to their jobs because they know somebody who knows somebody, and others simply because they are indispensable.
Now, about being indispensable, I have a few suggestions:
The secret of success is sincerity; once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
Let people see clearly that it is in their best interest to promote yours.
If there is a problem with communication don’t discuss it with the staff.
Have meetings, everyday, until you find out why no work is getting done.
Keep asking the same question until you get the answer you want.
Use big words to impress when diminutive ones would suffice.
If everyone agrees with you, then reconsider.
If you must groan, do it to a rhythm your employees can dance to.
Occasionally, share the credit with the person who did all the work.
Resist any mad impulse to do something nice for your staff.
Remember, the person who knows “how” will always have a job. The person who knows “why” will always be the boss!