Magazine article New Zealand Management

EDITOR'S LETTER : The Under-Practised Art of Self Portraiture

Magazine article New Zealand Management

EDITOR'S LETTER : The Under-Practised Art of Self Portraiture

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Byline: Ellen Read

Scrutinising your own performance is never a comfortable exercise and I defy anyone to say otherwise. Whether the results are good, bad or (as is most likely) a mix, it's a nerve-wracking, cringe-inducing, navel-gazing nightmare. Another equally distasteful pastime is admitting mistakes. I, of course, never find myself in this unfortunate situation but I can imagine how tough it must be.

Okay - that probably sounds a bit flippant and maybe the reluctance to take yourself too seriously is something of a Kiwi character flaw. But for anyone who is or wants to be in management - it's a flaw the country can't afford. Honest self appraisal is where good management must begin. The damage done by those who won't benchmark their performance, confidently relay their successes while honestly identifying areas for improvement and mistakes, is immense. It stifles creativity, leads to disempowerment of those around them - culminating in huge damage to personal well-being, work performance and the country's overall productivity.

(And it's really, really tedious for friends and family of those involved to have to listen to all the bellyaching. So, if for no other reason than that, it's about time something is done. …

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