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That Manager you loved to work for

Stop for a moment and think back over your working life.  There will be one manager you had that shaped your thinking and your working life more than any other.  The one you really loved working for.  When I asked my friends and colleagues what is was about working for that person that was so special – they say things like:

  1. I knew my manager had my back
  2. They helped me believe in myself because they told me how good I was
  3. They gave me time and training
  4. What I did mattered
  5. They looked after me.

I was also recently reading “The Five Love Languages of Children” by Chapman and Campbell, an insightful look at the different way in which our kids need to receive messages of unconditional love.  They believe there are 5 different types of children who respond to different reinforcement of this message

  1. Quality time
  2. Words of Affirmation
  3. Gifts
  4. Acts of Service
  5. Physical touch

It occurred to me that the two are not too dissimilar and that in fact we are probably just as needy as adults as we were as kids to hear messages of unconditional love.   As a manager how well would you stack up if measured on this things?