From the article: Is Management For Me?
Do you remember the excitement, and perhaps the anxiety, of your first day as a manager? We all had to start somewhere. What was your first management job? How old were you then? What did you learn? What Was Your First
- Started working in a financial services business at the age of 20, after a while I had just turned 22 and went from customer services rep to assistant manager! Things changed quick! Developed leadership skills and thought up new ways to grow our business, these ideas were implemented! Now I'm almost turning 22, I have just been promoted to store manager!!! Thing really changed now, I'm in charge of the business and the people! Handling performance issues, technical issues, and just motivating staff to make sure the store is number one! It's hard but I love a challenge!
- —Guest Oskie
Get into the details
- I was 16 then when i became a bookshop manager and getting into the details of your staff's daily routine provides the big bosses first hand info and you ge to stay in your position,id say buffering it is...
- —Guest Anabelle Bernardo
- I was 21 when I became the assistant store manager of a 3story discount store located in downtown la. With over 50 employees to manage.I learned that everyday was going to make the perfect war and going home alive and most of employees respecting me cause of my courage to learn ,teach,coach and improve. And develope the store to a new level..I learn so much that retail was in my dna.
- —Guest smiley
at an Instance
- i was then 42 when i become a general manager of 200 people without any experience or idea of becoming on top management. twas not easy to do the task. everyday was a challenge to me to meet the requirements of being a good or a better manager. days, weeks, months and now years has passed and i would say that managing different people in all aspects is a great opportunity for me to discover myself more to know who really i am , show and share my self to others.
- —Guest victoria adrias
too much too fast
- I was 28 when i became a site manager of a child care facility. I thought how hard could it be? Well it was very hard. I learned that you have to keep your staff, the children , and the clients (parents) happy. Your staff will only respect you if you expect them to, and if you give it to them also. I have been doing it for 3 years and I am still learning every day. The one thing I remember every day is if you go to work afraid of what can happen, and thinking the worse, nine times out of ten, the worse will happen.
- —Guest steph101
- I was 32 years when I became a manager though I had the resposibilities of a manager from when I was in my twenties. I have tried to learn about the scope of the contracts the company then had to complete and from there tried to be friendly with the staff to whom I had to work with. Now, When I learn about the management, I feel so proud about the things I managed without being aware of the things I were doing. Saji Joseph student University of Liverpool. Msc in International Management.
- —Guest Saji Joseph
life philosopy needs to be applied.
- I was 12. Always was a natural manager without even realising it. Managed my group of friends to and from various social outings, sports teams etc. I believe for me that being able to put yourself in the shoes of the persons you are managing is the most important. Also being able to read people is a great skill to have. Using the two stated and finding that level of mutual respect is recipe for success. I have learnt that I am still learning every second of every day. I have learnt that you need to have an outlet away from management i.e. hobbies good friends and family. I have also learnt that people even friends and family can leave you down, that is just a fact of life. I am sure I have left people down with knowing. Oh one more thing smile:)
- —Guest Jay- Ireland
- I was 24, hired for the position of project manager and deputy area coordinator, In chage of supervising fifteen professinal employees. Managing people is not an easy task. Human beings, Man and waman are not inanomate object, they have feeling, likes and dislike bias and preferences. They can not be managed according to inflixable principles as applying to othe avialable resource of the organization.
- —Guest William Bakata Justin
Very hard to handle
- I was 25 when I started to manage others. I was responsible for the administration of a big business. To be an ordinary employee is not a big task, but every thing changes when you are responsible for every one's job and actions. Human being are hard to satisfy.
- —Guest Duale
Managing a sales floor
- I was one of the top producers for a sales company. I was 28 and hungry for the top. I learned its very difficult to transition to management from the sales floor and still have the same rapore with your co- workers. That definitely will change in many ways
- —Guest Tammy
Its a heart thing
- I started managing people @ age 18 as a minister.Managing people i realise from experience starts from the heart.its all about Loving and accepting people enough to remain on yr knees 4 them.harnessing their potentials and not using them.i learnt all these in tears since i knew nothing about it-still learning though. Trust me,its not easy,but definitely worth it because proper management of people brings about proper management of yourself. Its helping me become the best i can be. Very challanging,i must say
- —Guest Aneta
It would ever remain in my memory
- Iwas 28. I thought it would easy because I had been with the company from inception but I got the shock of my life. Those I thought were friends, surprised me. I learnt that human beings are the most difficult beings to satisfy, I'm still learning;maybe it would have been easy if i had previous experience.
- —Guest ann
23 and incharge
- I was 23, Hired as a worker and moved up when the previous manager changed jobs. I thought it would be easy. I was wrong. Its all about dealing with people. I thing is the hardest thing I've ever done. Most of the people I'm incharge of are 3 time my age. I'm on my second year and the politics of this job make me feel like a worn out 90 year old.
- —Guest Ken
- Iwas appoited a Human Resource Manager in a government agency at the age of 25.The first assisgnment was to restructure the agency which led to many staff loosing thier jobs.I felt bad but i could not do otherwise
- —Guest James
- I was 17 when i got my management job, and it was just to open and close the store so the other manager didnt have to. I got the hang of it and the other employee's weren't to happy to have to answer to me. That job gave me a lot of experience.
- —Guest jane
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