If you have a big management task, it is always best to have seek guidance and the experience of others who have been there and done it, helping you understand the best ways to cope. With management, leadership should not be far away (the differences can be most subtle).
As a manager you can only succeed if you have what it takes to lead the people around you towards the goals you all understand and share.
Management - Key Starters to Consider
In management, you should initially set high recruitment standards. In an ideal situation where you are yet to gather the team of people you will manage, it is best to set these standards right away and get great people in at the start.
These standards should assess the individuals you are recruiting on their overall capability to deliver consistently good performance, with the capacity to grow and develop too. It would also help you to find those people who also have leadership skills, helping you greatly when there is the need to delegate tasks and know they will deliver.
Sometimes, You Get What You Are Given...
If you cannot choose the people you are going manage and you find yourself in a situation where there are already people in a team you maybe inherit from someone else (which is usually the case), then you must rise to the situation.
Here you need to make use of your team building skills and guide the people around you to cooperate, in such a way that the job will be done faster, smoother and yet with competence and creativity.
Developing employees to be the best they can be is also part of your manager's task. So, in your role, don't hold back, really get to know the individuals you are managing. Get to know their strength and weaknesses and use that knowledge to progress both individuals and team, as wells as the business overall.
Advanced Management Tools You Need To Know
Management also requires plenty of coaching skills. If you get to manage people, remember that each and every one of them is unique and functions very differently. It is up to you, in your role, to help them work in a concerted effort towards whatever goals are required of all of you.
If you need to coach some employees for them to get better at their job, then do not hesitate to do so as this will go a long way to motivating your employees one-by-one.
Some workers may feel very challenged at times and you have the accountability to create the environment whereby it's easy to raise their spirits and their drive in the workplace. Even simply acknowledging your employees and giving small rewards could help you a great deal, through the rapport it builds.
Performance Management The Easy Way - As You Go!
Being a manager also involves you in managing the performance of your team, as well as all the individuals. Whether this be as part of a formal performance management process or otherwise, it is a vital element of your work. You do not want to shut yourself in your office and spend your life poring over piles of paper
Instead, get out there with them and evaluate your workers on the job, acting informally to encourage their progress. Meeting management staff of other departments may also be involved in your job.
The department you are managing at the moment may be a part of something bigger and it is your task to incorporate your department's efforts to the bigger picture.
Martin Haworth is a business and management coach and trainer, working with a range of clients from corporates to individuals worldwide. www.MartinHaworth.com