Management Tip #051: When making decisions, think about the bigger picture
Making decisions is one of the managers’ daily routines and tasks – from day to day and tactical decisions, all the way to long term and strategic decisions. No matter which kind of a decision is on the plate, when making decisions, it is always important to have the bigger picture in mind, i.e. to foresee how that decision (even if it is a small tactical decision) will fit in further plans and activities. Otherwise, we can bring ourselves into future difficult situations created by past decisions that didn’t took into consideration the bigger picture.
Management Tip #052: Make sure you know your strengths and weaknesses
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is crucial from different aspects. Being self-aware will help you know in Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is crucial from different aspects. Being self-aware will help you know in which direction to develop, but also on which strengths to rely for best performance and success.
Management Tip #053: Make your team a priority
We’ve already spoken about the importance of the team for the manager. The team is crucial for manager’s success from many different aspects, they are the people the manager spends the most time with. The manager depends on the team, but also the team depends on the manager.
In that sense it is a manager’s duty to make sure the team has all the needed resources, skills and competencies, as well as, the right level of satisfaction and engagement.
Management Tip #054: Surround yourself with the right people
Make sure you equip the team with the right people from different aspects. Take a look at your Unit’s job description, key deliverables, goals and bets – what are the competencies your people need to be successful? Do you have someone that can be trained for these skills or you’ll need to hire from outside?
If you hire from outside, then the next thing would be to look for culture fit in terms of possessing the positive values and behaviors that you have foreseen as important for your team culture.
Also, pay attention to their motivators and engagement drivers – are they self-motivated or not? how much energy will you need to engage them? what are they engaged by (e.g. achievement, meaning or salary and position)?
Management Tip #055: Create a positive work environment
A big part of employee’s performance and success directly depends on the working atmosphere and environment. While a positive atmosphere and the right team culture will set the basis for healthy work environment, a negative one can sabotage the success even of the most competent and experienced teams.
Management Tip #056: Set SMART goals
In most of the cases, teams and individuals work to achieve the targets set to them. How easy it will be for them to reach the targets and how motivated they will be to do so, very much depends on the way the targets are set. Setting SMART targets means setting targets that are:
- Specific, so that people know what they need to do / achieve
- Measurable, so that people can see / measure how they progress and if they will be successful or not
- Achievable, so that people know from the beginning that their effort will pay-off at the end
- Relevant, which means is in the their scope of work, and will aid to accomplishing a higher goal and business success
- Time-Bound, meaning by when it should be achieved
Failing to set goals with all these elements, can lead to failure in achievement as well.
Management Tip #057: Bring your team together with team buiding events
A team without adequate team spirit and togetherness will most likely fail in its performance and as a team all together. Once the other things, such as equal treatment, positive environment, healthy working practices etc. are set, the team spirit can be taken to another level with team building events and activities. This can vary from a team building training to going out for a drink as a team, or other activities. These kind of activities will help people bond and connect, making it easier for them to work together in the workplace.
Management Tip #058: Don’t refuse or delay making decisions
Though making a decision at certain point of time can be difficult, have in mind that delaying or refusing to make a decision is also a decision being made. And this decision usually have different consequences. So, when thinking about not making a decision, take a good look if it is a decision that can be postponed or not. Don’t postpone making a decision that should not be postponed, or don’t refuse to make a decision that is in your scope of deciding.
Management Tip #059: Complete urgent, important and demanding tasks first in the morning
Our energy and attention is at the highest level in the morning hours. In that sense, before we are distracted by other tasks and energy draining activities, the best thing to do is to complete the urgent, important and demanding tasks first. With this, we will make sure that we have the sufficient level of focus and energy to complete them appropriately.
Management Tip #060: Get to know your people, as people, not only as your employees
Good people managers know their people. And they know them well, from different aspects – as employees, professionals, experts, team members, to know their aspirations, career goals, ideas; but also as who they are individually and privately – who they really are, what they like / dislike, their families, interests, hobbies etc., but also how they feel, are they happy, is there something that bothers them…
Knowing their people will allow managers to lead the team on a different level because they will be able to understand them better, connect with them and establish a relationship of trust.