How would you feel about having a manager's responsibility in today's world characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity, and sudden changes or threats from the environment?

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This question offers you a great opportunity to outline for yourself how you feel about life's challenges and what your best resources for facing them may be.

Uncertainty, ambiguity, and sudden changes in the environment are challenges that are not unique to this day and age, nor are they only...

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This question offers you a great opportunity to outline for yourself how you feel about life's challenges and what your best resources for facing them may be.

Uncertainty, ambiguity, and sudden changes in the environment are challenges that are not unique to this day and age, nor are they only experienced in a business setting.

What do you think would help you personally to be ready to meet these kinds of difficulties? I think it all has to begin with developing an inner core of calm, confidence, and persistence that will allow a person to learn from mistakes and to keep striving for success.

In all areas of life, developing a social network of good, solid, knowledgeable people from all walks of life through a variety of shared common interests can be incredibly beneficial. You never know just how and when another person may happen to have a solution to a problem you encounter or may be able to lead you to an answer. This is as true in a business setting as it is in other areas of life.

Managers of a business and teachers who "manage" a classroom have a lot in common. Both have to deal with the challenges of working toward a common goal with a diverse group of people. Both need to think carefully and plan out a physical environment (classroom or work area) that is functional, safe, and properly equipped. Managers and teachers must be exemplary in their behavior and treat everyone with a careful balance of respect and authority.

While it is human nature to think nostalgically about by-gone eras and their supposed advantages, we have to keep in mind that had we lived in earlier times, some of our problems may have been entirely different yet would still have required good sense, level-headedness, and persistence in order to be resolved. This applies as much to running a business as it does to other facets of life.

An effective manager in this day and age will need to develop excellent communication skills on many levels—in person, in writing, and in social media. Like a teacher, a manager will also need to have to have knowledge of cultural sensitivity.

Taking the time to know, accept, and believe in yourself and cultivating a circle of positive people in your life can help equip you to face the challenges of business management—along with many other difficulties in life.

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I would argue that managers today face unprecedented levels of pressure. Not only is competition stronger than ever in just about every industry, but with the ever-evolving nature of technology, staying on the cutting edge of their game is a lot more challenging than it used to be.

With the markets being relatively volatile in most parts of the world, businesses are seldom more than a few mistakes away from having to close their doors. This places added pressure on managers to make the right decisions at the right times.

Thanks to the fast pace at which industries run in light of the evolution of technology and the internet, managers no longer have time on their side when it comes to making big decisions.

On the other hand, in some ways, managers today have it a lot easier than the previous generation did. They can get messages and important documents to the other side of the globe in a nanosecond and thanks to the internet, they have every imaginable piece of information at their fingertips.

To answer your question, I'd say that management has always been and always will be a daunting task. It's the challenges that change, not the intensity or difficulty of this role.

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Being a manager almost always brings risks, uncertainty, and sometimes a lack of clarity. People are often uncomfortable with change. Many people also like it when their roles are clearly defined and when certainty exists. It seems like there are more risks, more uncertainty, and greater environmental concerns today than in the past. Change seems to be the only constant in today's business world.

Over the years, there have been many changes in the world economy. There is increasing competition from foreign countries that often have less restrictive rules, such as those concerning the environment. For example, while we have rules about carbon emissions, some other countries don't have the same rules. Foreign countries often have lower pay structures and fewer unions. Management has more freedom to do what it wants in other countries. This makes it more difficult to manage a business in our country successfully.

While a manager in the United States certainly can be successful in today’s world even with the factors listed in your question, it has become more challenging to achieve managerial success in today’s very competitive world.

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First of all, we should realize that managing a business has never been easy.  There have always been many challenges and problems facing managers.  However, it may well be that he challenges faced today are greater and more relentless than in years past.  For this reason, I would feel very nervous about being a manager today.

Perhaps the biggest reason for this is globalization.  Globalization has created a situation in which there is much more competition than there was in the past.  This can make things extremely difficult for managers.  Managers are pulled between the relentless need to cut costs and increase competitiveness and the desires of their workers, who naturally do not want to have to work harder for lower pay.

Globalization and the increase in competition that comes with it makes the manager's position a much less stable and much more stressful one in today's world.

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