The profile of an effective manager

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Avoidance-Avoidance is very difficult because whatever decision is made to have negative consequences. If a manager knows that his boss is cheating the company financially, he must make a decision. Tell on his boss and suffer the wrath, or stay quiet and sacrifice his ethics. He would like to avoid the conflict on either side, but staying quiet may not be an option.

The last type of conflict according to Cribbin is Approach-Avoidance. He gives a clear example of a manager put in a situation in which he must make a decision that will affect himself and his family. He wants to approach the situation but also avoid it completely. He is given a great promotion in the company but must move his family from his nice comfortable town to a large metropolis city. Cribbin has outlined the options he has and portrays what a difficult situation this could really be:

Accept the position and move

Accept the position, leave the family in the small town and visit them on the weekends.

Bribe the family to make the move.

Ask the family to try to the new city for a year and then assess the situation.

He can refuse the promotion.

He can try to stall in making the decision and hope that something different will turn up.

He can try to convince his superiors that he can take the promotion and contribute more from where he already is.

He can get another job.[18]

While this is a personal conflict for this manager, the skills a manager uses to deal with personal conflict must be transferable to the workplace environment involving other employees as well as superiors. If a manager knows that there are always several options in dealing with a situation, he will be more open to choosing one that will work for that unique conflict.

As mentioned earlier, consistency is an important part of an effective manager and can be applied to conflict as well. A good manager is consistent in executing rules and regulations with his employees. He will not let close relationships with employees cloud his judgment and rationale for making a decision. When conflict arises, the employees will know that each person will receive the same treatment regardless of who they are.

According to Robbins, Consistency can relate to an individuals reliability, predictability, and good judgment in handling situations. Inconsistencies between words and actions decrease trust. Nothing is noticed more quickly than a discrepancy between what executives preach and what they expect their associates to practice. People want to be able to predict what you are going to do.[19]

In order for a manager to improve their effectiveness in a conflict situation they can also use The Five As of Improving Your Personal Effectiveness Model from Kerns. The As are assess, analyze, action plan, act, and adjust then repeat.[20] A good manager will always assess the situation in order to gather all of the details. Once he has all of the information, he will analyze it and develop an action plan. After implementation of the plan, he will be able to be flexible with that plan if something needs to be adjusted. Effective managers use the Five As constantly without even realizing it. This helps a manager approach conflict with confidence knowing there is a steady process he can rely upon.

Flexibility and Creativity

Managers exist in a state of steady uncertainly and their success rests upon constant exploration of uncharted waters.

Barry Munitz,

President of Federated Development Company

Houston, Texas

Today changes in the business environment become more rapid and more complex and of course each manager must solve more problems in a limited period of time. As Dr. Abraham Zaleznik of Harvard University mentioned: "No matter how much you plan, when you get to the work place there are unanticipated problems: And the added constant challenge is that most of these problems cannot be solved effectively in old, familiar, or straightforward manners. Hence the quality most necessary for business and career success these days, and increasingly so in the future, is flexibility.[21] But our group consider also creativity to be important today. These two aspects help manager not to be lost and not to lose in the modern business world and of course to be effective.

: 16/05/2006