Managing people-one of the most valuable lessons I have learned after 37 years

I have been managing people since 1986 or thereabouts.

I admit that managing employees has not been something at which I excelled. In fact, I may not even have achieved competence.

But as the years have elapsed and I have managed different individuals in widely different roles I have become a little better. After 37 years you would be entitled to say, “about time, too”.

One thing I have learned is that an employee may not do something the precise way I want it done-in fact may do it in a way with which I am intensely unhappy-but it still makes sense for me to tolerate it.

For if all else to do with that employee is weighed up in a scales it is often the case that the best course of action for me is to simply accept it. For the positives of the individual far outweigh the negative of the particular thing which frustrates me.

Thirsty seven, or ten or seven years ago I would not have accepted this or made this assessment.

I do now, though. Often, the smartest thing to do is to accept it, accept nobody has everything, and observe that it is still a price worth paying.