Manage This

Bob Goldman on

It's always been your dream. Someday, somehow, somewhere, you are going to be a manager.

There are two ways this is going to happen. You will either find a company so completely screwed up they will view you as management material. Or, you will look deep into yourself and diligently make the changes in education and attitude that will qualify you as a manager in a well-run company.

Of course, neither of these things is going to happen, which means you need to fall back on your usual strategy -- conniving and cheating and faking your way to the top.

Hey, that's how your current managers did it, right?

As a first step in your path to manager, you'll want to consult Management Jobs: Options, Job Titles, and Descriptions, a recent Alison Doyle post on The Balance Careers website.

According to Doyle, "the ability to effectively manage others and motivate excellent work is one of the greatest skills you can have in the professional world."


This may be true. You just never have had a manager who could do either.

But that's why there is hope. You can't become a world-class manager, but with determination and hard work you can certainly become a mediocre manager. This is nothing to be sneezed at. "According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hiring employees at the management level is expected to grow by 7% from 2018 to 2028."

In other words, the gravy train is coming your way. Time to hop on!

Now that you've decided to be a manager, you'll have to decide what kind of manager you will be.


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