I am a 43 year old Sales manager but I still live at home with my mum. I really want to move out but I love my mum’s cooking and she does all my laundry for me plus I don’t have to pay much board. Despite earning £60,000 a year, it means I can save a lot of money every month. Do you think i’m a hypocrite given the fact that i’m always banging on about responsibility to my team in meetings?
I understand your conflict here. Whilst it’s important that you lecture your team about being responsible with regards to how they manage their business patches, it’s more important that you are able to save money by living at home. I too live with my parents and even though they keep trying to get me to move out, I am always conjuring up new ways to make them feel guilty about kicking me out. I find that pretending to be ill works particularly well in terms of getting my mum to feel sorry for me, although i’ve done it so many times now that my dad is beginning to suspect that I might be making it up. The best advice I can give is that you should tell your team members that – yes, you might live with your parents and can’t look after yourself, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t take responsibility for their sales accounts. After all, everybody knows that good management begins with sitting around at your mum’s house in your underpants playing Nintendo and smoking weed.
Hope this helps
Please send your management mix-ups in to firstname.lastname@example.org – if we fix your problem, it’ll only be because a much larger one has been created as a result!