Management Tips: #011-#020 (August 2019)

Management Tip #011: Learn how to communicate effectively

Communication is in the essence of good management. Through communication, managers lead, coordinate, develop and motivate their teams. The better a manager is at communication, the better he will be at managing and leading people. That is why each manager should master the art of effective communication.

Management Tip #012: Set a time limit on tasks

Good time management will allow you to be more efficient and complete your most important tasks. Besides other elements of time management such as proper prioritization, sequencing etc., an important step is to set a time limit on the tasks that you and your team need to complete. Then monitor and measure if you are within those time limits. This will help you plan your schedule and deliver on time, as well as reduce stress and pressure.

Management Tip #013: Use calendar to organize yourself

The calendar can be a perfect support tool to plan and schedule your activities and improve your time management. You can use it to schedule meetings, set reminders and deadlines, or block dedicated time slots for certain activities. Having it synchronized with your mobile phone you will have easy access to it wherever you are.

Management Tip #014: Be consistent

The more consistent you are in your actions, behaviors and decisions, the more trust people will have in you. Inconsistency prevents people from relying on you or knowing what to expect from you. In that sense, as a leader it is important to set positive example of behaviors and be consistent in their practice.

Management Tip #015: Provide an environment where people can develop and grow

The development and growth of your people is crucial for the success of your team. As your people grow, your team grows as well, and the results it creates will improve. Furthermore, enabling people to learn, develop and grow is a great tool for employee engagement which will help you have a skilled and engaged team.

Management Tip #016: Get your hands dirty

One of the worst mistakes a manager can make is to exclude himself from the work that the team does. Positioning yourself as a manager who delegates and coordinates while your people do all the work will create a distance between you and them. They will accept you as their boss, but not as their leader. It will be hard for you to motivate and engage them beyond the minimum. And in other words, as their leader you are their role model, so if you avoid work, they will as well.

So, get up and get your hands dirty together with your team! Show them that you are one of them and that you are there to help and support them!

Management Tip #17: Build on your strengths

Several years ago I wrote an article on this topic – the ever-present dilemma to improve your weaknesses or to build your strengths? While eliminating big weaknesses that can be your blockers in certain areas is important, focusing on further development of your strengths will make you even better in those areas and distinguish you from the others. Your strengths are what you are good at and your competitive advantage.

Management Tip #18: Build a team from the group of people you have

Either it is a unit, department or a project team, as a manager, you are assigned with a group of people to lead. Your job as a manager is to get this group of people to the level of an effective team in the shortest period of time. Effective teams have individuals that communicate and collaborate better, are more efficient and productive.

Management Tip #19: Accept your challenges with optimism and enthusiasm

Being the example for your people, the energy you have and show is the energy that they will feel and reflect. For a manager it is important to keep positive attitude even in hard times as it will give your team enough fuel to tackle the challenges. Entering hard times with low energy and pessimism, will drain your teams energy, as well.

Management Tip #20: Focus on goals instead of details

Having said before that too much attention on details can steal your time, it is also true that it can de-focus you from your goals. As a manager you should put more emphasize on the goals that you and your team need to achieve, rather than on each and every little detail. In that sense try to lead your team instead of micromanage them. With that you will help them grow and be more successful as individuals and as a team.

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