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McGlinchey Method Management Index

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1. People in my life who know me the best would describe me as:
a. Focused, driven
b. Even-tempered, tolerant
c. Charming, fun-loving
d. Cautious, detail-oriented

2. I would describe myself as:
a. Focused, driven
b. Even-tempered, tolerant
c. Charming, fun-loving
d. Cautious, detail-oriented

3. The most satisfying thing about management is:
a. Flexible schedule
b. Higher compensation
c. Helping others
d. Emotional highs

4. I would describe my future opportunities within the company as:
a. Adequate
b. Less than adequate
c. Limited
d. Not very promising

5. I check my email and voice mail:
a. First thing in the morning and at the end of the day
b. A couple of times a day
c. Whenever I have a free moment
d. At specific times each day

6. I prioritize my activities based on:
a. The goals my boss has set for me
b. What project seems to be the most pressing
c. Who is complaining the loudest
d. Which items or issues are most important in achieving my overall goals

7. Future pay raises and promotions are primarily based on:
a. The company's performance in the marketplace
b. The performance of my team or the people I manage
c. My performance
d. My boss's subjective opinion of my performance

8. When I make a major purchase, my decision process is:
a. Research, evaluation
b. Quick, based on gut-feelings
c. Who else do I know that has made this same purchase?
d. Personal recommendations, guarantees

9. As a manager, my greatest strength is my:
a. Work ethic
b. Willingness to do whatever it takes
c. Ability to understand and communicate effectively
d. Ability to think outside the box

10. The best way to insure that someone understands you is to:
a. Make them repeat back to you what you are explaining
b. Be very precise and to-the-point
c. Be extremely detailed
d. Ask for immediate thoughts, ideas or solutions

11. In a social setting, if I have recently met someone and disagree with their opinion, I am most likely to:
a. Withhold my opinion and give no indication how I feel
b. Ignore the person and/or the conversation
c. Have a pleasant discussion and avoid a heated debate
d. Challenge and debate what they are saying

12. The best way to proceed when trying to solve a problem is:
a. Apply a method or approach that has worked in the past
b. Develop a process improvement plan
c. Define the desired results
d. Recruit people with extensive experience to help solve the problem

13. When my boss assigns an activity to me which contradicts other more pressing goals, I:
a. Begin working on the new assignment immediately
b. Bring it to their attention and open a discussion
c. Continue working on previous assignments and goals
d. Create a paper trail to cover myself and my performance

14. Based not on your physical skills, but rather your emotional make up, if you were the member of a football team, would you see yourself as:
a. Coach
b. Quarterback
c. Team captain
d. The ultimate team player

15. If marooned on a desert island with a group of people, the most valuable role I could play would be:
a. Use logic, critical thinking and organizational skills to improve the situation
b. Help take charge of the situation
c. Keep everyone’s spirits up, provide positive reinforcement
d. Be the peacemaker, keep the group unified and working together

16. Which of these statements most accurately describes your current work environment:
a. Not enough hours in the day to accomplish what I need to get done
b. Having unrealistic expectations placed on me
c. Babysitting the people who work for me
d. Taking responsibility for failures as well as successes

17. When considering ways to solve a problem which has a number of potential resolutions, I:
a. Pick an option that will likely work and proceed
b. Narrow my options to 2-3 good alternatives before making a final decision
c. Examine each option thoroughly before moving forward
d. Have difficulty making a decision when faced with too many options

18. The best way to be productive is:
a. Be adaptable to situations that arise
b. Be aware, active and diligent
c. Devise and follow a strategic plan
d. Pay attention to the large details, don't sweat the small details

19. When facing a difficult situation, I generally:
a. Try to focus on the positives
b. Try to remain unemotional
c. Try to think outside the box
d. See things in black and white

20. The most important quality to be successful in management is:
a. Having good communication skills
b. Being knowledgeable
c. Commitment
d. Having a good attitude

21. As a manager, I consider myself:
a. Balanced
b. A team player
c. Understanding
d. Competitive

22. Most of the managers I have worked for:
a. Haven't really impacted my success or failure
b. Haven't given me enough help and support
c. Did not have a total understanding of the results they were expecting
d. Have been an important factor in my success or failure

23. After making a decision on how to solve a problem:
a. I feel good about myself
b. I feel a little uncomfortable until I get confirmation it was the right solution
c. I will revisit the issue a day or so later to determine if I still think my solution was the best alternative
d. I move on to the next issue

24. Generally, the best way to get something done is to:
a. Do it yourself
b. Find others to help you with the task
c. Seek input and opinions before beginning
d. Plan the project before executing

25. When my project is behind schedule and I know it will not be ready on time, I:
a. Ask for additional help and resources to get the project done on time
b. Meet with my boss to explain why the project is behind and discuss our options
c. Stay late and work weekends to meet my deadline
d. Get as much done as possible and present an incomplete version

26. Which phrase best describes your work area:
a. Clean and orderly, I use sticky notes to help me remember important dates and times
b. A little cluttered, but I know where everything is
c. Systematic, I use files and other tools to keep myself organized
d. I'm embarrassed to have others see my work area

27. More often than not, people I manage:
a. Need my constant attention and supervision
b. Tend to make me look bad rather than good
c. Hold me back from further achievement
d. Are capable of accomplishing tasks with minimal supervision

28. One thing I strongly dislike is:
a. Confrontation
b. Indecisiveness
c. Recklessness
d. Isolation

29. At the end of every day:
a. Review the things I accomplished today
b. I make a check list of items to accomplish tomorrow
c. Spend some time trying to get a jump on tomorrow
d. Try to deal with the small items that have not been accomplished today

30. I feel my level of job security:
a. Is quite solid
b. Changes on a regular basis
c. Only worries me when it's time for performance reviews
d. Sometimes keeps me awake at night

31. When managing a project or a process, the most critical aspects or issues:
a. Are handled by me
b. I closely monitor the situation
c. I depend on the people I manage to handle all issue both large and small
d. Are turned over to the best member of my team

32. When someone becomes upset with me, and it is not my fault:
a. I would try to let them know it’s not my fault, but I’m more concerned about making them happy.
b. I would hold my ground and make it clear that they are upset with the wrong party.
c. I would gather the proper documentation to show them they are wrong.
d. I would not be happy about being unfairly accused; however, I would withhold my comments and work to resolve the situation.

33. I consider my role as a manager to be:
a. Unfulfilling
b. Challenging and fulfilling
c. Underappreciated
d. A love-hate relationship

34. The statement which best describes me as a manager is:
a. I stand behind my people
b. My people believe in me
c. A passion for success
d. When the going gets tough, the tough get going

35. As a manager, it’s very important to:
a. Have a systematic and organized method to achieve results
b. Get results and achieve your quota
c. Provide value
d. Maintain a strong relationship with your employees

36. Generally speaking, a manager's average day consists of:
a. Problem solving
b. Planned activities
c. Putting out fires
d. Dealing with office politics and bureaucracy

37. I would describe my sleeping pattern as:
a. Unpredictable, some nights I get eight hours, but there are times when I get by with less
b. I don't sleep well and I usually wake up tired
c. I get more sleep on weekends and days off than during the week
d. Very regular, most nights I get about the same amount

38. To get organized and stay organized, I depend on a day planner, software or other tools:
a. Completely agree
b. Somewhat agree
c. Somewhat disagree
d. Disagree

39. My single greatest asset in management is my ability to:
a. Educate and communicate
b. Establish relationships
c. Be persistent
d. Stay organized

40. If management gives me instructions or a method to follow, and I disagree with the method, I will:
a. Try to follow management’s instructions and methods, if at all possible
b. Work with management to help them understand and correct the flaw in the process
c. Follow their directions and assume they have more knowledge and experience than I do
d. Work my own method, knowing that results rather than process is the bottom line

41. Typically, the most successful managers are:
a. Very motivational
b. In total control
c. Easy to get along with
d. Motivated by higher compensation and career advancement

42. When I experience a breakdown in communications with someone at work, it's usually a result of:
a. Unclear verbiage
b. Unclear expectations or improper assumptions
c. The conversation becoming emotional
d. A lack of focus

43. I like to manage people who:
a. Are intelligent and knowledgeable
b. Show leadership and courage
c. Are consistent and fair
d. Are fun-loving and easy-going

44. A good day as a manager is:
a. Getting results
b. Solving a problem
c. Developing procedures to increase productivity
d. Following your plan

45. When discussing a problem with coworkers:
a. I take the lead on resolving the problem
b. I examine all sides before making suggestions
c. Work to communicate my point of view on the best resolution
d. I try not to openly disagree with others in order to avoid conflict

46. The expectations that I have to meet:
a. Are a moving target, I frequently have to roll with the punches and adjust my priorities accordingly
b. Create a clear understanding of what my priorities should be
c. Are ambiguous and obsolete
d. Have never been defined

47. Becoming upset or angry:
a. Improves my performance
b. Negatively affects my performance
c. Doesn’t affect my performance
d. Happens more than I would like it to

48. The hardest people for me to manage are:
a. Eager and talkative
b. Aggressive and domineering
c. Weak or indecisive
d. Cautious and analytical

49. Ensuring that things are done right by the people I manage:
a. Is a large concern
b. Is something I don't worry about
c. Occupies a lot of my time
d. Occupies some of my time

50. As a manager, I consider this to be my most important asset:
a. Company, product and industry knowledge
b. Communication skills
c. My people
d. How I use my time

51. How often do you feel you have so many work and personal responsibilities that you can't cope with everything you have to do?
a. Almost never
b. From time-to-time
c. Fairly often
d. Very often

52. When my boss becomes difficult or belligerent, I:
a. Brush it off
b. Do damage control
c. Tough it out
d. Realize I did something wrong

53. The most important part of delegating is:
a. Monitoring progress
b. Always being hands on
c. Communicating expectations
d. Overseeing the small details

54. In committee meetings, I want to hear:
a. All sides of the issue
b. Both the good news and the bad news
c. Creative suggestions
d. Just the facts

55. More often than not, an unsuccessful management career is due to a lack of:
a. Skills
b. Commitment
c. Knowledge
d. Direction

56. One of the most important concerns when trying to resolve a problem is to:
a. Gather as much information as possible before trying to resolve the situation
b. Proceed with caution rather than take the chance of creating a bigger problem
c. Try not to jump to conclusions
d. Get as much help as possible from other people

57. When two of the people I manage are in disagreement, I:
a. Sit down with both parties and try to mediate the situation
b. Listen to both sides of the story
c. Always side with my most valuable or productive person
d. Stay out of the way

58. I would classify myself as someone who:
a. Has a heavy workload and has to prioritize which assignments are completed on time and which are not
b. Has good organizational skills and frequently completes assignments in advance
c. Gets assignments done in a 'timely' manner - usually not early or late
d. Is fairly organized but sometimes procrastinates on less important or low priority assignments

59. I interrupt people:
a. When I'm trying to get my point across
b. When I'm short on time and have to move things along quickly
c. Only if the conversation or point they are trying to make is irrelevant
d. Never, even though there may be times that I want to

60. When I can't get the company to prioritize projects my department is working on, I am:
a. Consistent
b. Well-disciplined
c. Adaptable
d. Determined

61. When I want to be totally understood:
a. I put it in writing
b. I adapt my communications style to the people I am communicating with
c. I speak bluntly in order to make what I'm saying crystal clear
d. I'm repetitive with my message

62. If my people or my team ever makes me look bad, I:
a. Realize if I want things done right, at times, I will have to do them myself
b. Learn my lesson and check their work more thoroughly from now on
c. Don't worry about it - mistakes happen from time-to-time
d. Make sure they receive their fair share of the blame

63. Doing what you really don't want to do, or doing what you really don't enjoy:
a. Indicates you should consider a career or job change
b. Can wear you down emotionally and negatively affect your career or job
c. Is something I try to avoid
d. Is a part of life

64. When delegating assignments and responsibilities:
a. I am very conscious about not overloading one person with too much
b. I ask for everyone's input
c. I'm not concerned how my team will react
d. I'm aware of my team's likes and dislikes

65. Managers who are committed are:
a. Well-disciplined
b. Determined
c. Consistent
d. Adaptable

66. When given an important new project with a two-month timeline for completion, I:
a. Start working on it immediately
b. Add it to my list of open items, trying to spend some time on it each day
c. Do some basic research, create an outline and clarify specifics on the project's requirements
d. Finish any open projects before beginning the new project

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