by Matt Alderton | January 03, 2013
Managers are like art: What makes them "good" is largely a matter of opinion. There are a few tried-and-true rules, however, about good management, according to Successful Meetings contributor Ken Kirsh, author of "How to Kill Your Company: 50 Ways You're Bleeding Your Organization and Damaging Your Career."

"One of the most effective strategies for achieving success ... is to eliminate or at least manage counter-productive behaviors," Kirsh says. "It's time to take that long, hard look in the mirror and face up to what you should not be doing."

Managers who cling to counter-productive business behaviors are holding themselves, their company and their employees back, according to Kirsh, who identifies "control" as one of the most common counter-productive behaviors managers must ditch.

Says Kirsh, "Perhaps you're too controlling, lack trust in others, see it as a sign of weakness, or you're the micromanaging type. Or maybe you think you're the smartest guy in the room and therefore have to handle everything yourself. If that's the case, you're clearly not the smartest guy in the room; if you were, you'd realize how much you could accomplish by delegating more. Every problem can't be so important or idiosyncratic that only you can solve it."

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