Level 3 Management Skills

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When a manager reaches level three in his or her management skills development, they have reached the "mastering personal development" level. This is the next level in the management skills pyramid that shows the necessary skills a manager must master to succeed. I also show how these skills build upon one another toward greater success.

Personal Management Skills

There are two areas of personal management skills you must master to be successful as an executive. These are self-management and time management. 

Self Management

Once you've arrived at this managerial level, you've become proficient at assigning work to your employees and coaching them through their particular difficulties and obstacles. You also know how to motivate and discipline employees and how to build a productive team. Next, you have to ask yourself if you are as good at managing yourself as you are at managing others. Some of the barometers for judging this is whether or not you stay focused on the important tasks (and not just the urgent ones) and whether or not you are doing the best job you possibly can. To be better at self-managing, consider the following.

  • Take Ownership of Your Job: Every job you do has your signature on it. Do it the best you can and do it the best it can be done. 
  • Scruples Are A Good Thing: There is a reason for that voice in your head, so listen to it. Don't just do things right, do them the right thing. You will do a better job as a manager if you don't waste time trying to remember what excuses you told and to whom.
  • Pareto's Principle - The 80-20 Rule: It is important that you focus on what is truly important, not just what appears urgent. The 80-20 Rule can help you accomplish that.
  • Ten Things To Do Today To Be A Better Manager: Here are ten areas you can focus on to improve your managerial ability.

Time Management

If you have learned anything in your management career, you've learned there is never enough time to do all the things you need to do. That's why it's critical to your success that you master time management.

  • A To Do List That Works: Because you can't do everything, use a To Do list to stay focused on the important tasks at hand. Your list can be simple or complicated, but develop one that works for you or use this one.
  • Don't Multi-task When You Can Use Chunking: Human beings weren't built to multitask. While we can do different tasks in rapid succession, we can't do different tasks at the same time. Chunking is a process that lets you spend less time "restarting" and gives you more time to get things done. While chunking takes practice, it's well worth the effort.
  • Meeting Management: Managers spend far too much time attending and running meetings. And, you have less control over meetings that you attend than over the ones you schedule. Make sure you get the most out of your meetings by following a few simple tips.
  • Managing Projects: Time and Schedule: Time management is also a critically important skill for any successful project manager. Project managers who meet their project schedule deadlines have a good chance of staying within their project budget.

The Full Management Skills Pyramid

The Management Skills Pyramid shows all the skills a manager must master to be successful. It also shows how these management skills build on each other toward success.