Mar. 31st, 2015

Managing people is hard. Even when I try to think of all the managerial tactics that worked on me in my years of work experience, I just can't quite get everything to run perfectly. Part of me thinks that it's absurd to expect for everyone to do exactly what I want them to do. Also I can be quite self-centered in thinking that something that would take me a certain time should mean that another person should be able to accomplish that task in the same timeframe. After all, everyone has had a different life experience.

Growing up, I always had the ideal that people should be treated the exact same way, but that is not what makes a good manager. A good manager is someone who plays to his or her employee's strengths, and for a long time I didn't do that. I was drowned in my own tasks and just hoped that people did what I asked of them. I had trouble delegating because I am a distrustful person by nature and figured no one could handle what I did. It was a pride issue to think that if someone could do the exact thing that I did, I would no longer be needed. I had to prove my worth to the company, and figured if I ever left, the company would feel the pain of my absence.

When I was in school, I hated working in groups because I ended up doing most of the work myself. I think that subconsciously seeped into my view of the world. Teamwork was overrated. But now I know I can't do everything, because if I did I would lose my sanity.

That Indiana law that recently passed made me lose faith in humanity a bit, but I gained it back when big companies started speaking out against it. Big business always wins. It goes to show that if enough people voice their opinions, things could change. As for me, I don't think I voice my opinion enough. I think it's because that could lead to confrontation, which I don't like. Here are a few things that I think:

It isn't the role of government to treat any of their citizens differently. Everyone should have the same rights.
Some people think it's right to deny homosexuals or minorities certain rights, and to me it doesn't make any sense. If you are against homosexuality, it has no effect on your current situation (unless you are unsure of your sexual preference?). Homosexuals don't want to take a heterosexual's right to get married, so why should it matter?

If something makes sense economically, then it should be done. Just because you have something that you don't want other people to have, that should not play a role in the decision.
To explain, take the example of Obamacare. If you are insured, it doesn't affect you in the least. Your rates won't go up just because more people are planning to get affordable healthcare. Are you that bitter that you refuse to let other people have access to what you have? That's called elitism.

If someone has a different opinion than you, it doesn't mean that they are wrong.
I struggle with this sometimes, but an opinion is an opinion. There's no right or wrong opinions, there's just facts and how people react to them.



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