8 Things That Prove You’re Not Ready to be a Manager

...how did YOU get that promotion?

Those not in management think a manager’s job is easy.  You get to “come in or leave when you want”, go to meetings all day, you make the big bucks and “never do any REAL work”.

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They all want to be a manager.  “I’m ready to be the boss, I know what I’m doing”, they say.  “I’ll fix things around here”…

You finally give that good employee the promotion to management, you really believe they are ready for the new responsibility.  All seems well until the department’s production drops and morale drops even more.  Call-outs are rampant and you haven’t seen a smile there in a long time.

What happened?  Well, maybe giving that person a promotion wasn’t a good idea…

Here’s a transcript of a conversation “overheard’ in the employee break room:

“They owed me that promotion; I’ve been here 8 years. It took them long enough. I’m doing a damn good job, ‘bout time they realized it.”

So, how do you like being a manager now?

“It’s pretty good but these “people” are a real pain, I’m not putting up with their stuff.”

What do you mean?

“Here, I’ll tell you…”

1. “They get paid to do their job. No need to thank them.”
Hey, I paid my dues and worked all the crappy shifts, now it’s their time. They get paid enough, besides I’m busy. Nobody used to thank me and I turned out fine.

2. “I’m keeping my special parking spot.”
I’ve been parking next to the side door for years but now the boss wants me to “act like a manager” and park where I’m supposed to. That’s BS man…

3. “Even if we’re busy, I’m still taking my time off.”
I need next Saturday off, I told them, and I’ve got a party to go to. I don’t want to hear any nonsense. I know it’s busy but they better give me that day off. If not, I’m calling in sick.

4. “I don’t need to help them; I have my own things to do.”
The other day I had these reports to get finished but they kept bothering me and asking me questions about everything. What, are they stupid, figure it out already!

5. “Why can’t I walk around with my coffee cup? I’m checking the department, that’s my job.”
I need my coffee or I’m no good for nothing. Look, I said hello to them when I came in, what, am I supposed to do their job too?

6. “That’s the company policy and they must follow it.”
Hey, I got in trouble for the same stuff before I was a manager. I’m not gonna cover their butts, let ‘em get in trouble for doing it too. Yeah, I know I’m supposed to help them, but nobody helped me!

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7. “I just need to hire a warm body for that position.”
We can’t wait until the perfect employee comes around; we need to fill these spots right away. If they are no good we’ll just get rid of them and find someone else. Where are the applications, man?

8. “I don’t have time to train them. Frank can do it.”
When I was hired I didn’t get any special training. They just stuck me with that old guy Ned and I had to listen to him for 2 weeks, what a waste of time. I’m not gonna deal with that crap, besides, they’re not gonna listen to me anyway. Put him with Frank, he can train him.

Wonder why today’s young workforce is terrible and customer service is suffering?

Do you have any managers like this?

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7 thoughts on “8 Things That Prove You’re Not Ready to be a Manager

  1. Steve, another wonderful and insightful article! I hope the holidays were good to you and yours!
    Having been in management for the majority of my life, I’ve unfortunately heard this story too many times…I believe a good many of us have. This scenario reminds me of the the “chicken or the egg” puzzle. If this new manager was the best of the bunch are the other potential internal candidates saddled with even worse attitudes? And, the better question, how did they develop such a cynical view of our operations? In this regard, bad management begets bad management. Somewhere the cycle must be broken. More often than not that requires a change at upper echelons of administration.
    Great managers mentor the next generation of even greater managers because they foster vision and creativity.
    Steve, thanks again for a great article!

    • You are right Michael, the change must come from up above, with one (or more) of the senior managers moving on. What’s the saying? “Can’t expect a different outcome by doing the same things”…

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. Sad but true. I know too many people in management that have the same mentality. It’s sad really, those who are truly dedicated and work hard are lost in reorganizations and project changes while managers who slip through the cracks continue to grow. As a leadership team, it’s our responsibility to be more aware, listen to our people, look at our stats…we need to stay on top of it for our people and our organizations!

    • Hello Angie,
      I have found that too many businesses promote the person that will not “rock the boat” versus someone that can make the needed changes to “right the ship”. This creates entitlements and lack of accountability…all leading to another weak manager.

      Thanks for your comment, welcome to the team!

  3. Unfortunately, Lisa, it happens more often than not. “Warm bodies” are hired time and time again and some slip through to the ranks of management. Wonder why service is so bad…

  4. Wow!! I sure don’t think this person is management material! I don’t have this type of attitude- and thank goodness I (currently) don’t know anyone like this either! If I ever pulled things like this….well, all I can say is I surely wouldn’t like myself very much! As of yet, I am a supervisor of one – myself – but I can guarantee you that when I become a full-blown manager, my attitude will not end up like this person’s!

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