After reading Pat Lencioni's latest book, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, one of the things that I walked out with was the realization that for some managers their management responsibilities are an interruption. In an interview that he did he said:
[i]First, many managers think they are too busy. Of course, the real problem is that most of those managers see themselves primarily as individual ontributors who happen to have direct reports. They fail to realize that the most important part of their jobs is providing their people with what they need to be productive and fulfilled (a.k.a. not miserable) in their jobs.[/i]
Upon reflection I can say that this has affected nearly all of my managers and myself to greater or lesser degrees. MT helps tremendously (imho).
My question for discussion is how do others convince your managers that you need to have the time to do your manager responsibilities rather than spend so much time on reports, projects, etc. that seem to be the norm?[/i]