Am I out of date with my management style?


I’ve been searching for a management position since last year and have received a request for only one interview. I used to manage a team of 15, but since I’ve been out for a while, I’m not sure if I’m in touch with what makes a good manager for today’s workforce. What’s your advice for handling this in the interview process?

The one constant in the workplace is the human element. Despite all the technological advances, people still are just people. What motivates and engages people hasn’t changed either, despite what the media would have you believe about millennials or Gen Z.

People want to be respected and given the opportunity to do meaningful work; to be recognized and rewarded for the work they do and to feel they are part of something bigger — some vision or mission. Those qualities are timeless, so articulating your understanding of that will demonstrate that you are a manager for all seasons.

I preferred to be a big fish in a small pond, working for smaller companies rather than getting lost in a huge corporation, but I feel that some larger companies are now shying away from considering me because of my work history with small companies. Is that possible? If so, what can I do to change that perception?

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