Lead Well and Prosper
15 Successful Strategies
for Becoming a Good
"Lead Well and Prosper
is a powerful little book
that can reap huge
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and professional life.  I
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Lead Well and Prosper
Pat Croce, entrepreneur,
motivational speaker, and
New York Times best
selling author
Articles by
Nick McCormick
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“Once again Nick has
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concise, and actionable
offering of essential
workplace advice, and
this time for all of us.
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. A must read for
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Jim Stroup, author of
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Acting Up Brings Everyone Down

"Am I a Good Manager?" Quiz

Want to see how you stack up? Take the quiz below from Nick McCormick's book, Lead Well and Prosper: 15 Successful Strategies for Becoming a Good Manager.

Yes No
In the past month have you done anything to make a team member's job easier
Do you share information from all management meetings with your team members?
Have you shared with your team members what you've done this past month via a newsletter or team meeting?
In the past month have you asked a team member to help you solve a problem?
Do you have regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings with your team members? (Water cooler conversations don't count.)
In the past week have you given positive feedback to a team member?
In the past month have you given constructive criticism to a team member?
Do your team members have development plans that are used?
Has it been less than a month since you talked with a team member about his or her development plan?
Have you presented a learning topic to your team in the last quarter?
Have you ever been involved in a meeting with team members where you just listened, without giving advice?
Do you ignore all interruptions during meetings (i.e., no answering phones, no reading email, etc.)?
Do you keep your phone on vibrate at all times?
Have you read a management book in the last six months?
In the past six months have you acted on a suggestion you picked up through reading a book or taking a class, seminar, or webinar?
Do you have a development plan that you actually use?
In the past few weeks have you performed an uncomfortable task (one that was not urgent and not forced upon you)?
Have you fired someone for performance problems in the last five years?
In the past year have you reworked and resubmitted a recommendation that was previously shot down?
The last time you hired a team member from a list of internal candidates, did you follow up with those who did not get the position?
Do you respond within twenty-four hours to all those who have called you?
Does your group have working plans to achieve a list of goals that are tied to corporate goals?
Do you require the same rigor in tracking your own projects that you require from your team members?
Do you strictly enforce due dates on internal projects?
Do you prioritize your work activities and plan out every week?
Do you set aside time at least every other week for your own self-study?
Do you set aside time to plan for meetings?
Do you review accomplishments from your previous week, reflecting on what was and was not completed?
In the past year have you implemented a creative solution to improve or solve a perceived problem with another group?
If you canít complete a task by a due date, do you inform the requester/stakeholder prior to the due date to allow for corrective action to be taken?
In the past six months have you turned down a task from your manager?

    Your Score

It means...
25 to 31 You're not just good. You're fantastic. Just keep doing what you are doing.
20 to 24 Congratulations, you're a good manager. Continue to work on improving.
10 to 19 You are doing some good things but could certainly use some significant improvement. Acting on the strategies in Lead Well and Prosper will benefit you considerably.
9 or less You have your work cut out for you. Please take some action to improve as soon as possible, or you may want to seriously reevaluate your choice of career paths.