Management Tips: #031-#040 (November 2019)

Management Tip #031: Don’t tolerate blaming

Blaming can become a dangerous game for the team spirit, the communication and collaboration within the team, as well as for the results that it produces. That’s why it needs to be cut in the very beginning, so that it doesn’t become a habit within the team and create a blaming culture. Instead of blaming others, instill a culture of accountability, partnership and going the extra mile which will help the team create success.

Management Tip #032: Give your people autonomy and empowerment

By giving your people autonomy and empowerment you make a direct positive impact on their personal growth, development and engagement. They will learn and grow by making plans, priorities and decisions on their own and will feel ownership on the results of what they achieve. Owning their results as well as learning and growing leads to increase of employee engagement.

Management Tip #033: Do your best to hire the right people

Choosing team members should be taken seriously by any manager, and especially by the ones with small teams. All newcomers have direct influence on team’s spirit, culture and productivity. So when choosing a new member for your team make sure you get to know as much as possible about what they are going to bring to your team in terms of experience, knowledge, skills, strengths and weaknesses, but also in terms of personal characteristics, habits, motivational drivers and so on.

Management Tip #034: Do your part of the job and do more

Taken that the manager is the main role model for the people in the team, a thing that can have positive influence on the work of others is the effort that the manager himself is giving into the accomplishment of the tasks. Going an extra mile, and doing more than what your job is, will set the example for the team as well.

Management Tip #035: Don’t making promises you can’t keep

Maybe you are someone that finds it difficult to say ‘No’, or maybe you are a very optimistic person, or maybe you tend to agree / promise things before being fully aware if they can be realized… In any case making promises that you can’t keep will have a negative effect on your integrity, reliability and trustworthiness. Many times it is better (though not easier) to say ‘No’, or to say that you will need to check before you agree on something, than to instantly make the promise without being sure that you can keep it.

Management Tip #036: To be on time, plan to be early

This one is very simple – if you want to make sure that you will be on time, then plan to be early. There will be situations where something will come up and it will change your plans. An ad-hoc task, changes in deliverables, unplanned leaves etc. That’s why, plan to be early so that you can be on time.

Management Tip #037: Get ready for the new role before you get promoted

This doesn’t mean that you need to be 100% ready for full performance on the new role – and you never will be – but start preparing so that you have a smoother transition and that you don’t have to learn everything once you officially start. So, what information you need to know, what will your priorities be, are there any new skills that you will need to master and so on are the questions you should ask. Then based on the answers, set up a learning and development plan that you can go through in the period before your official start at the position.

Management Tip #038: Treat everyone with respect

We can easily see what kind of a person someone is by the way he treats people. Especially by the way he treats those that are on a lower position than him. It is easy to show respect to your boss or the CEO, but what makes one a great person is treating with respect everyone else as well… from the production workers, administrators to the janitor and so on.

This is very important because the way we treat people says much more about us, than it does about them. One will be a person of respect only if he treats everyone with respect.

Management Tip #039: Understand the financial aspects of the business

As a manager you need to understand the financial aspects of the business you are in. Understanding it will help you make better decisions and plans, as well as set better KBIs to your goals. Many of your activities as a manager will be connected to financials including budgeting, estimating, planning, financial statements etc. If you don’t have financial educational background, then a solution would be to take a Finance for Non-Finance course, a customized in-house training or to get a mentor that will help you understand these aspects.

Management Tip #040: Understand the business

A crucial knowledge area for every manager as a prerequisite to being successful at the role is understanding the business. This includes the operations of different departments within the organization, production, services, processes (especially the people related processes and systems), strategy, vision, culture, but also external aspects such as the business environment, competition, regulation, trends etc. All these aspects are interconnected in many (daily and strategic) activities, thus the quality of the work will depend on the level of their understanding.

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