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Managers: What's Your Job Description?

Apr 10, 2013

Posted by

Carla Cross

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What’s your job description? Did you get one prior to taking your present position with your company? Very few managers did. If you didn't,  how do you know what to do every day? How do you know the priorities expected by your ‘boss’? (Or, if you’re the boss, how do you know your priorities? How do you know how to hold your managers accountable?)

Your Present Job Description

Here's how to figure out the present job description you're 'using'. Aalyze the number of hours you’re spending in

Business producing activities (recruiting, selecting, training, coaching, team building)

Business supporting activities (everything else!)

That gives you a great idea about your actual, practical job description. Is it the one you want? Is it the job description you thought you were following?

A Prototype Job Description for You

I've created a prototype job description with hours allocated to various types of activities.

Click here to get it and compare it with your job description analysis. What do you think of my descriptions? What do you think of my hourly allocations?

After your analysis: What do you want to change to move your office forward? Do you need to move more into leadership, and away from ‘maintenance management’? 

General managers or owners who hire managers: Create a job description from which to interview potential managers. Never hire without getting agreement from your candidate that he/she will execute THAT job description!