As a manager, do you regard yourself as acting reactively or proactively, the majority of the time? Do you pride yourself on your ‘firefighting skills’ or your planning expertise?
Reactive management refers to situations for which you cannot, (or fail to), plan and which then require you to enter into reactive mode in order to deal with them. This usually means that situations arise that you failed to anticipate and which then need ‘firefighting’ to resolve the issues that have arisen. Of course, you may well have become extremely good at doing this. However, have you have ever thought how efficient you really are at such times? You may have convinced yourself that you work better under stress. You may need the ‘adrenaline rush’ to get you moving and you love working late into the early hours of the morning in order to meet a deadline. However, have you considered the knock-on effect to other people around you who will be also be affected? Continue reading