Deal With It | No BS Management Advice

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
I know I have made mistakes by avoiding talking about things with staff that I should have tackled.

That’s Just The Way I Am

I coach people. I want you to be effective in your job search. I want to help you be effective in your career. And this is a video that I’ve done as a Facebook Live in my group on Facebook called Career Angles.

Today, I wanted to do a video talking about “dealing with it.”  So often, I remember my times when I managed to team of search professionals. I thought I could avoid problems by not dealing with them. That if I put my head in the ground like an ostrich, they would go away and, invariably, all that happened is that many of them became more entrenched. They became problematic.

They started to infect my team of people as this one or that one started to gossip with one another and complain and whine and moan.  I remember one time, I was managing a small group and one of them just was off. And it wasn’t just for a day. You let that one go by. But it felt like more than a week and in a sales organization, someone who Is coasting, someone who is not putting in any sort of effort and is kind of mopey, like in any organization, can become a bigger problem. 

I didn’t deal with it and that was a mistake on my part. The short version of it was the person wound up failing and I attributed it, not to them, but it really started off with me because I didn’t really talk with them about what the issues I was seeing were.

Ultimately, failing to deal with the problem will come back and haunt you and, thus, I want to encourage you if you notice something going on, that just is different than the norm, address it. Speak with people. Talk with them. 

“Hey, I noticed that you’re off. Everything okay? You know, I just want to make sure that if there’s something going on outside of work or in the workplace.” I just know that this is what’s really going on. It’s not something more serious than that and it’s just that sort of a question that allows people to know, “hey, they’ve been noticed,” number one.

Number two is, if there is a major life problem, you’re aware of it. And, number three, that you know, and this is really the most important one, that you care. 

Caring doesn’t have to be a big dramatic thing. Caring can really be just as simple as that kind of a communication, dealing with an issue, dealing with a problem, whether it’s performance or behavioral, is pivotal for your role as a manager. Again, I’m not talking about leadership which, to me, is a different role, but, for a management professional, dealing with issues and managing them, hey, that’s the title, right? 

So, I’ll simply say if you’re interested in my coaching you and supporting you and being successful in the role, reach out to me. You can connect with me on LinkedIn at   Mention that you saw the video. I just like knowing I’m helping some folks.

So, I hope you have a great day. Hope you found this helpful. Take care.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

People hire Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter to provide No BS Career Advice globally because he makes many things in peoples’ career easier. Those things can involve job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, career transition, as well as advice about resolving workplace issues. 

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He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2500 episodes.


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