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API GUIDE TO BETTER SUPERVISION
|Publication Date:||1 January 1975|
Every man should pause occasionally in his busy work routine to ask himself this all important question - "How am I doing?'' Eventually his supervisor or manager may answer this question for him. But in the meantime, a periodic self-analysis is good business. No one man can tell another individual how to be a good supervisor. The progress a man makes is the result of his own personal effort. Someone said "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself."
A careful reading of this guide may help to bring meanings and insights on supervision to mind. The values to be given to specific functions of supervision and the course of action to take to improve supervisory performance is left up to the reader.
This guide avoids the "how to" approach. It is a tool for self-examination written by oil men for oil men. It defines a supervisory function, tells what is involved in it, and lists some ways to measure performance of that function. It is designed to provoke thought and to cause you to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror-at your own supervisory profile. In the light of what you see there perhaps you may be encouraged to make the changes necessary to become a better man-a better supervisor.
Nobody is perfect. Few supervisors do all the things covered in each supervisory function. Select a few ideas that you think are worthwhile. Talk them over with your boss and associates to find your best course of action. If you want a little more "how to", study the individual booklet in this series covering that particular function.