The Vancouver games are over. As probably also many of you did, I was watching a lot of the events on TV. But did we watch the same events?
According to the what I’ve heard from some friends in other countries, their local TV programming was completely different. While I was watching biathlon, they were watching short track. While I was watching ski jumping, they were watching curling. I think it’s a fair guess to say that TV stations in the respective countries prefer to show sports in which participants from their country are successful.
The mass audience prefers to hear about success. Does this pattern sound familiar to you? How about your boss? Does she behave like being part of the mass audience?
So many managers have the tendency to only listen to positive news from their direct reports. Problems are not useful for them, as they try to communicate success stories to their managers as well. Communicating problems would show that they aren’t perfect, so maybe someone else will be chosen to fill the next big position.
That’s entertainment, not management.
If your goal is to improve, not to entertain (and improving is what management is all about), look at your problems, as they offer you the best opportunities to improve. You’re not a TV station trying to please as many viewers as possible. You only have one viewer to please: Yourself.
If you like the program you show, others will tune in. So will your boss.