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Speaker discusses management

Posted: February 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Mike Sanders, of Southern California Edison, spoke before a packed crowd at VIA’s luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 22. The IT Manager shared management techniques to optimize managerial performance.

 


Enlightened management was the topic of keynote speaker Mike Sanders at the Valley Industry Association’s monthly luncheon Tuesday.

Effective managers learn to connect with their employees and communicate in ways the employee will be receptive to, Sanders said.

Optimizing managerial performance to achieve organizational goals was the theme of Sanders’ address. An IT manager for Southern California Edison, Sanders said the difference between being a manager and a leader is that one cares about what people do and the other cares about what people are thinking. Effective managers are successful over the long haul because they connect with employees and teach people to think for themselves, he said.

“Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you’re effective (at) managing,” Sanders said.

Sanders advised managers to be open to feedback and avoid their own “blind spots” so they don’t alienate employees,

Sanders told the at-capacity crowd at the VIA luncheon the best strategy for a manager is to “accept you are always wrong about something and learn from it.”

Effectiveness is whatever works, he said, telling the lunch attendees not to get tied to any one plan.

“Accept change. Respond, adapt, react to it, but accept change to be effective,” Sanders said.

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