This is a continuation of my sharing on trusteeship in business, with the spiritual belief that one’s endeavors, such as engaging in business, belong to God and are carried out in service for others. My previous reflection was about when you should start a business. Granted that you already started one, my next question for you is: “What kind of manager will you be?”
I am sure you have heard of many top schools offering crash courses on management for professionals and business owners. While I commend them for sharing what is ideal and the mechanics of leading others, I learned in my own way that good management is best learned through hands-on experience.
It is also important to have a unique company philosophy on how to manage. It doesn’t matter if your own company managers are different from the other managers in other companies as long as they deliver what the company expects from them.
Let me share with you an experience. A few years back, I sent an email to all my company managers, requesting them to define each letter of the word manager as an acrostic with their very own thoughts and ideas based on their experience. I’m going to present to you the well-thought-out definition made by Mr. Ralph Ruby, a very dedicated manager, and I am going to pose questions for you to reflect on.
Motivate – To motivate is to inspire. Are you motivated to do your job as a manager? Are you able to inspire your co-associates to be good always in life and work?
Assist – To assist is to show concern. Are you able to assist your team members in their journey toward accomplishing their tasks, instead of nagging them to finish as soon as possible?
Nurture – To nurture is to nourish, cultivate, and help others grow or develop. Are you a positive force in the personal development of the people assigned under you?
Accept – To accept is to welcome new things and new challenges. As a manager, are you willing to accept whatever comes and learn from your own mistakes and from others?
Guide – To guide is to go to the right path and to show full responsibility. Are you confident in guiding your team to do the right thing and according to plan?
Energize – To energize is to excite, be active, to spark and hype up all the time. Are you maintaining your attitude to radiate optimism within the team?
Respect – To respect is to love. Do you value your life, your work, your team members, and every person you deal with?
I hope this acrostic helps you define the kind of manager you are in your company.
There is pressure in ownership and pleasure in trusteeship. When I started my business, I thought it was mine, but I soon realized it was not. It was for my family. Some of the members of my family thought it was theirs, but they also realized it was not. It was really for the employees, they said. The employees thought it was for them and for their families, but they realized it was not. They said it was for the community. And finally, one day, we all realized that it truly belongs to God and is for the country and the whole world. This is trusteeship in business. #