Principles of Management
1. In your opinion, what are the most important characteristics required of a manager? A manager needs strong leadership skills, money management, constant up-to-date knowledge of the economy and people’s needs, and compassion and understanding.
2. In your experience, what are the most difficult aspects of being a manager? It’s always the most difficult to fire people, but it is just as difficult to hire people.
3. Do you like making decisions as a manager? Would you rather make decisions by yourself, or as a group with those you supervise? Please explain. I like to make decisions on my own, because I can contemplate and think about all the choices and weigh the pros and cons. I like to hear input, but in the end, the decision is all on me.
4. Do you have to delegate responsibility for tasks to others? What are some of the difficulties you face while trying to delegate responsibility? I don’t really face any, seeing as I run a small business. I take most of the responsibility. When there are smaller daily tasks that I don’t want to do, I start looking to hire someone to do those tasks. That then becomes their job.
5. Have you observed any changes in the role of a manager in the last five years? If so, what factors do you think have caused these changes? No, the roles are still the same; it’s just become a harder job to do.
6. Has changing technology affected the way you manage? If so, how? Not really. I run a home preschool, so the technology hasn’t really been an issue. I have all the technology we need. Yes, there are more games for the children to play that require technology, but nothing major.
7. Has globalization affected you as a manager? If so, how? No. Not in any shape or form.