Management Skills Assessment
Management Training of DC, LLC; ©2018JWY
You are a manager.
Answer the question: True or False, then briefly explain Why or Why Not; use additional paper if needed.
“Open Book.” No time limit. No word limit.
- If you want something done right, do it your self.
- New teams seldom get started with a smooth beginning.
- The worst mistake a manager can make, is to make a bad hire.
- The individual contributor has the same “report card” as the manager.
- Leadership is not a part of Management.
- Motivation is a part of Management.
- Finding and training talent is the solely the work of the Human Resource department.
- Managers get paid to talk all day.
- Managers get paid to make decisions.
- A matrix organization (having two supervisors) is usually effective.
- Can the chain of command ever be violated?
- The work of the Manager had better be perfect.
- The work of the Individual Contributor had better be perfect.
- Managers can make decisions with only half of the information.
- A rude Manager will demand recommendations.
- An overbearing Subordinate will make suggestions.
- A Manager needs obedience more than a relationship with direct reports.
- A Manager’s great fear is that subordinates do exactly as they are told.
- Managing is like a batting average: three hits out of ten is good.
- Knowledge workers cannot be managed.
- Tasks must always be delegated down the org chart to the person closest to the work.
- Not all directives must have follow-up.
- Management is a science.
- All teams need close supervision.
- Management is a practice, like medicine or law.
- Management is insight, like art.
- Technical skills are the most important skills for effective managers.
- People do those things well the things the boss checks.
- It is enough for the work of the Individual Contributor to be ‘right.’
- It is enough for the work of the Manage to be ‘right.’
- The goal of the Individual Contributor is to be indispensable.
- The goal of the Manager is to be “dispensable.”
- Feedback from the manager is a nuisance.
- Feedback from junior staffers is a nuisance.
- The Manager is more concerned about the future than the Individual Contributor.
- The manager sets priorities.
- Surprises can be good for Managers.
- Control events, or be controlled by them: Events can be controlled.
- Followers lead managers with anticipation.