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How Can Management Style Kill Your Business?

How Can Management Style Kill Your Business?


Business killersThe way you approach decision making throughout the day can make you more – or less – productive. It doesn’t only impact your productivity, but odds are that it’s affecting your team. Whether you intend to or not, you’re setting the management style for your business.  There are 3 core management styles – reactive, responsive and proactive.

Reactive Management

Some people enjoy the frenzied energy that comes with reactive management. They’re the folks always talking about how busy they are. Rarely are they the folks talking about how productive they are.
Reactive managers only consider one stimulus – the actions or problems of others. At the end of the day, they’ll blame others (customers, employees, peers) for their lack of productivity.
Reactive managers don’t have perspective to figure out whether or not the situation is really a problem They just go with a knee-jerk reaction.
Focused only on “here and now”, clouds the view of competitors, customer needs, profitability, sales growth. Life for reactive management teams are like the movie “Groundhog Day”, they re-live the same things every day.
Being reactive isn’t all bad. Every now and again, you need to just react. But, when knee-jerk reactions take up the majority of your day, you have a problem. If you want to focus your business on the future and the path to greater success, then read on.


Responsive Management

Responsive managers are often termed firefighters. And, firefighters are good … to a degree. After all, they’re responding to a real problem.
While reactive managers, react without much thought, firefighters look to stop the damage.
Every business needs some fire fighters some of the time. But, if your business is consistently putting out fires, you have a problem. Figuring out the root of the problem is key to becoming the most pr

Proactive Management

Proactive managers are problem solvers who think about the impact of the problems and their solutions.
Think of these folks as “Smokey The Bear”. They figure out how to stop the fires (so the firefighters can get on to more productive work).
Proactive managers engage with other employees and customers. They have the vision to know there are pitfalls and opportunities ahead and combine it with the intelligence and insight to figure out how to best deal with it.

The choice is yours. If you’re happy living your frenzied Groundhog Day over and over, just keep on being reactive. On the other hand, if you want your business to be in a better position tomorrow, be proactive. Don’t just fight fires. Figure out how to prevent them.


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