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Managing Processes vs Managing People

In many organizations which struggle to achieve high performance, too much emphasis is placed on managing people, and not enough emphasis is placed on managing processes. People are pushed and pulled to achieve performance targets which never seem to be met. And as a result, people tend to become disengaged and unhappy at work.

On the other hand, in high performance organizations, much more attention and emphasis is placed on the organization’s processes. In such organizations, managers spend less effort managing people and more effort managing processes. In those organizations, managers manage processes and lead people.

As a manager in your organization, how is your time and energy split between managing your processes vs managing your people?

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How to Start

One of the biggest challenges people face when it comes to doing big audacious things is starting. The mind plays this trick on us: rather than focus on the immediate next steps, it focuses us on the end-result that we want. When we compare the end-result with our current position, we get discouraged when we see the huge contrast. If we could focus on the immediate next steps, however, the contrast would not be so great, and it would be easy to get ourselves to do what we need to do to make progress.

Dream big but think small to start.