Your professional inheritance

Your Professional Inheritance | Career Angles

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

It has been said that the most precious inheritance a parent can give their children is their own happiness.

For you as a manager, as a director, as a VP as the CEO of an organization, that inheritance can be their self-confidence. After all, too many managers destroyinheritance self-confidence with constant “corrections.”

That self-confidence can come from you getting out of the way and allowing them to figure things out, persevering where they find difficulty to face yet knowing that you are there to support them if they want it.

You can help them develop with questions rather than answers.

You can help them develop their self-confidence with deserved praise.

Let them know when they disappoint you and always allow them to see how they can regain your trust.

Managing and leading people, like parenting, is not for the faint of heart.

If you think managing is about turning people into widgets on an assembly line through transformational processes, what you’ve done is turn them into gears.

Gears can do wonderful work if it is repetitive. However, gears are not quite as good when you have to move them into a new environment.

If you are building a team, a department or a business, gears have certain applicability for repetitive tasks and processes but is limited to that.

Round and around they go.

They do a great job.

They aspire to more and you are not preparing them for it.

You are leaving them unhappy and you unlimited.

What kind of inheritance is that?

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020, 2022



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2300 episodes. He also hosts Job SearchYour professional inheritance TV on YouTube, and Amazon, as well as on for Apple TV and 90+ smart sets.

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