Ten Things to Do Today to Be a Better Manager
You are not that manager. Pick one thing to improve your managerial skills, do it today. Pick another one for tomorrow. In two weeks you will be a better manager.
1. Employ the Best
As a manager, you are only as good as the people on your team. Give yourself a better chance to succeed by picking the best people from the start.
We human beings do things because we want to, because of what we get out of it. To motivate your people better, figure out what they want and how you can give that to them for doing what you want them to do.
3. Team Matters
If we just want them to all ‘do their own thing’ we don't need you as a manager to mold them into a team, do we? They have to work together as a team to accomplish the group's objective.
4. Lead, not manage
It is the ability to lead others that truly sets a manager apart from his peers. Remember that leaders are found at all levels of the organization, so be one.
5. Improve as a Communicator
You can't be a leader if you can't communicate your vision. You can't motivate people if they can't understand what you want. Communication skills can be improved through practice. Start practicing now.
6. Get Better At Managing Money
To stay in business, a company has to make moolah. That means bringing money in the door and spending less than you bring in. Don't be put off by the numbers, or by the fact that ‘it's math’. Start learning more about money management, its important.
7. Get Better at Managing Time
The one thing you will probably have less of at work than money is time. The better you get at managing time, yours and others’, the more effective you will be as a manager.
8. Improve Yourself
Don't focus so hard on your people that you forget about yourself. Identify the areas in which you are weak and improve them. The fact that you are reading this article shows you understand the concept. Just put it into practice.
9. Practice Ethical Management
Enron-like scandals have really driven home the point about how important ethics is in business. Ethics they say are like personal hygiene, people wont really comment but definitely judge you.
10. Take a Break, have a Kit-Kat
You are less effective as a manager if you are over-stressed and nobody wants to be near a toxic-ball. Take a break, relax and recharge your batteries. Have a good laugh or go lie on a beach somewhere.
Management is a skill that can be learned. You can improve as a manager by working every day to get better. So, get going!