What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
General / Operations Manager in Portland:
"Enterprise management rarely knows what it needs."
Have no opinions.
Using the W's to make an assessment of the:
*job requirements of key subordinate personnel.
*risk - safety, property, environment.
*work rules - all personnel.
*security - facilities, inventories, vehicles.
*interaction requirements with peers - and professional staff.
*validity of the business calendar and ensure all critical reporting to/from are noted with advanced prompting, all events.
*save for safety and regulatory compliance most non-threat items requiring change can be done most effectively - incrementally.
*Listen, Listen, Listen and take notes to post on a personal to do board.
General / Operations Manager in Slidell:
"Potable Water Industry."
Know that government entities will constantly strive to increase regulations and compliance in this industry without funding.
General / Operations Manager in Charleston:
"This Job has a very little room for advancement."
Research the company well , understand the pay structure and inquire what their long term plan is.
General / Operations Manager in Dallas:
"How rewarding work is when you love what you do."
Be Humble, Learn what you can from them every day, take a genuine interest in their lives, what they like, how they like to be communicated with, communicate how much your appreciate what they do, praise accomplishments, learn to set goals for your self and team, provide the resources and support they need to be successful, monitor, mentor help as needed. Support the people that work for you and they will support you. Be honest, set the good example and set appropriate expectations.
General / Operations Manager in Augusta:
Be prepared for a low level of organization and team awareness. Be prepare to work with those that are uneducated and are just looking for a job not a career. Be prepared to be marginalized. Be prepared to see money take the lead over safety and best practices. I could go on, but my blood pressure would suffer.