Lead Or Die Trying! Kick-Ass Manager Skills You Need To Have!
By Jim Anderson
Managing a team is not just a job, it’s a science. Nobody knows more about the science of managing teams than Dr. Jim Anderson.
“I don’t embrace excuses for why teams aren’t being successful, I embrace solutions.”
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Anderson has transformed failing teams worldwide. Dr. Anderson will turn these lost teams into department champions.
Dr. Jim Anderson understands what it is like to both work in a department as an employee as well as a manager.
Welcome to the premier podcast for learning how to attract, motivate, and retain top staff.
“I don’t embrace excuses for why teams aren’t being successful, I embrace solutions.”
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Anderson has transformed failing teams worldwide. Dr. Anderson will turn these lost teams into department champions.
Dr. Jim Anderson understands what it is like to both work in a department as an employee as well as a manager.
Welcome to the premier podcast for learning how to attract, motivate, and retain top staff.
What Should Managers Look For In A Mentor?
In order to become better managers, we all realize that there are a number of ways to make this happen. We can go seek manager training and try to develop the manager skills that we know that we need. However, there is another way to go about becoming better: get a mentor. If you decide to go this route, right off the bat you’ll be faced with a difficult question: what should you look for in a mentor?
October 14, 2021
Before You Take That New Job, Check Out Its Culture
As managers, we are often presented with opportunities to switch jobs. We may be presented with a new job that catches our attention and we may start to seriously start to think about switching employers. However, as attractive as a new job may appear, it might be in our own best interest to not rush into taking a new job. One of the big questions that we have to use our manager skills to answer before making any jump is to determine what the culture of the new company is.
October 7, 2021
The Problem With Lying At Work
Life is complicated and, yes, there are times when it is inconvenient to tell the truth. It can be as simple as one of you friends asking if you like the outfit that they are wearing (you don’t) or your boss asking if that report will be done by the end of the day (it won’t). It can be very easy to “bend the edges” or tell white, gray, or even black lies when we are at work. Our manager training does not teach us how big of a deal this really is.
September 23, 2021
Can Managers Count On Millennials Sticking Around?
Managers who have built a successful team are always worried about one thing: are their workers going to stay? As more and more of our teams are being built using members of the millennial generation a lot of us have become worried because we don’t have any manager training on how to get people to stay. The typical description of a millennial worker is one who moves around a lot looking for the next best thing. Should managers be worried that their team members are going to be moving on?
September 16, 2021
Managers Want To Know Why Being A Leader Is So Hard To Do
Ok, hopefully we can all agree that the basic management stuff is pretty easy for just about anyone with manager skills to do: sign time cards, have an annual review, keep things on track. These things don’t require a great deal of manager training. I like to think of management as being the process of having everyone work on what they are supposed to be doing when you are in the room. However, then we move on to that tricky thing: leadership. I think of leadership as getting the people who are a part of your team to be so committed that they keep doing what they are supposed to be doing even when you are not in the room. Now how is a manager supposed to make that happen?
September 2, 2021
Is It Time To Quit?
Let’s face it: we’ve all been through a lot. Life may have been quite busy before, but then that pandemic thing happened and things just sorta went out of control no matter how good your manager skills are. Now that life is getting back to normal, it’s perfectly ok for you to be thinking about perhaps quitting your job and looking for a new one. Although this is an acceptable thought to be having, before you pull the trigger and submit your resignation there are a few things that you might want to consider. You want to make sure that any major change that you make like this is the right thing for you to be doing at this point in time.
August 26, 2021
Will Working From Home Keep You Behind?
So where do you want to work? This used to be a fairly easy question to answer: everyone went into the office when they went to work. However, that darn pandemic changed everything for everyone. We all spend a year working from home. A lot of us discovered that we liked working from home. There was no commute to the office required. We didn’t have to dress up. However, now that the pandemic is pretty much over, a lot of companies are telling their workers to come back into the office. However, what if a manager doesn’t want to go back to the office? What will the impact on their career be?
August 19, 2021
Does Your Team Need Couples Counseling?
As a manager, we know that the key to our success is the ability to get along with the members of our team. It turns out that things go a bit deeper than that. In order for our team to be successful, everyone on the team has to get along with everyone else who is on the team. I’d like to be able to tell you that this is something that just seems to happen naturally; however, there are times that it doesn’t. When a manager is encountering a problem either with getting along with the team or with various members of the team getting along with each other, it might be time for everyone to go to couples counseling.
August 12, 2021
Managers Deal With The Challenge Of Remote Workers
As we move further and further into the 21st Century, what work looks like is continuing to change. Managers realize that successful teams exhibit a type of office camaraderie where the different members of the team are willing to go above and beyond for the other members of their team. This can start to get tricky when we start to include remote workers as a part of our teams. These workers can easily start to appear as just faceless strangers while they feel alienated from the team members at the office. How can a manager use their manager skills to make their divided team feel as though they are all part of the same team?
August 5, 2021
How Managers Can Manage A Hybrid Work Environment
The world of workplaces has undergone a great deal of change. It used to be that everyone would go into work, sit at a desk, and then go home again at the end of the day. The pandemic sent everyone home for a year and the workplace that we all knew and loved appears to be gone for good. What is taking its place is being called a “hybrid work environment”. In this new working environment, managers are going to have to discover what they will need to be doing differently. Our goals are still the same – we want to get the most out of our teams. However, how we actually go about doing that is going to be different.
July 29, 2021
How To Prepare For Long, Complicated Meetings
As managers, our manager training has taught us a thing or two about how to run successful meetings. We know that we need to keep them short, tightly focused, and limit the number of people that we permit to attend. Our goal is to avoid having to attend those time wasting events that seem to go on and on forever. We know the drill: meetings should not last more than 30 minutes, we should not invite too many people, and we should always show up with an agenda for the meeting. However, not all meetings are created equal. There are some meetings that by their very nature are going to be long and complicated. How should managers go about handling these?
July 22, 2021
How Managers Can Get Candidates To Stop Turning Down Job Offers
As a manager, one of the most important things that we are tasked with doing is using our manager skills to make sure that our teams are fully staffed. In order to do this, we have to perform a set of tasks: interview candidates, select the ones that best meet our needs, make an offer, hope that they accept the offer, and then onboard them. However, this whole process can fall apart if the candidate that we’ve selected turns our offer down. It turns out that roughly half of the candidates that have been offered a job have turned it down because they had a negative experience during the hiring process. How can you create an inclusive and welcoming first impression?
July 15, 2021
How Managers Can Learn New Skills?
Managers, at least the good ones, realize that we don’t know it all. Sure, back in the day we went to school and took a lot of classes. We learned a lot. Then we went out and got jobs. Since then we’ve probably not been learning that many new things. As the world in which we work continues to spin and evolve, we understand that there are a lot of things that we probably need to take the time to learn about. Things like agile development, that new 5G wireless technology, even things like emotional management. The problem that we all face is to find the time that is needed to learn new things. How can we make this happen?
June 24, 2021
Learning To Use Anchors In A Negotiation
If you’ve been doing any negotiating, then you’ve probably heard the term “anchoring”. This, of course, brings up the question “what exactly is anchoring in negotiation, and how does it play out at the bargaining table?” If you want to become a better negotiator, then you are going to have to learn how to use this powerful negotiating tool.
June 18, 2021
Managers Have To Practice Conscientiousness
When a manager is looking to use their manager skills to add someone to their team, what are the qualities that we should be looking for? Sure, we often go looking for a future team member who will be driven, aggressive, and focused on reaching their goals. However, is it possible that we’ve been getting this all wrong? It turns out that the personality trait that predicts success at work more than any other is associated with some very different tendencies: What we should be using our manager training to look for in new teammates is conscientiousness.
June 17, 2021
Managers Prepare To Use AI As Their Offices Start To Open Up
The Covid-19 pandemic caused just about every office to shut down and close their doors. Each member of your team started working from home and as a manager you had a whole new set of issues that you had to work through in order to keep your team both together and productive. However, now things are once again starting to change. The arrival of a vaccine has allowed business to once again consider having their workers come back into the office. However, from a manager point of view this is going to require us to have a new set of skills.
June 10, 2021
How Managers Can Prevent Their Teams From Spending Too Much Time In Meetings
So here’s an important question for managers: how much of your week do you spend in meetings? I suspect that the answer is probably “A lot.” Too often back-to-back meetings are becoming the norm throughout the business world, leaving everyone frazzled and farther behind at the end of each day. We need to ask ourselves why does this happen? It sure seems as though pointless recurring meetings are one kind of calendar crud. Just as bad are ad-hoc meetings – those meetings that aren’t planned but get added whenever something comes up. Taken together, all of these meetings can easily quickly take over your calendar no matter how good your manager skills are. How can a manager help their team deal with this overflow of meetings?
May 27, 2021
Managers Need To Work To Deepen Their Emotional Intelligence
The world of management is filled with a number of different buzz words. One such word that we’ve been hearing for a while is “emotional intelligence”. The reason that managers should start to pay attention to this topic is because evidence is showing that emotional intelligence plays a big role in workplace performance if we can develop the right manager skills. Team members with high emotional intelligence perform better and usually experience better psychological and physical well-being. As managers, clearly this is something that we are going to have to take some time to get some manager training in order to get our hands around it. Let’s see what we should be doing to become more emotionally intelligent.
May 20, 2021
How To Celebrate Successes With Your Team
As a manager you need to remember that celebrating our achievements is important for every team. Joyfully acknowledging milestones gives credit to the hard work done by the team, provides motivation for reaching goals, and rewards everyone for a job well done. Nowhere is this truer than where we work. Managers need to realize that many of team members spend more time working than with their families, and the rewards can seem few and far between. How can a manager acknowledge a job well done?
May 13, 2021
Managers Need To Understand The Difference Between “Working From Home” And “Remote Working”
As managers, one of our goals is to find ways to get the most out of everyone who is part of our team. One way to go about doing this is to show some flexibility in where our team members perform their work. Right now both remote working and “working from home” are popular workplace trends that can have real benefits for your team. Managers know that there are huge benefits for the company as well, especially when you think about the having ability to add team members regardless of where they are located.
May 6, 2021
How A Manager Can Effectively Execute An Offsite Team Meeting
Every manager realizes that the members of their team are one of the biggest expenses that their company has to deal with. At the same time we all realize that company culture is critical, and your team needs clear goals. You can tackle all three of these issues by conducting a well-planned company offsite that can help you excel in all three categories. A meeting like this will allow you to reset, make sure everyone is aligned, and gives the team an opportunity to connect outside of the office.
April 29, 2021
Should Managers Let Their Team Members Set Their Own Goals?
One of the biggest challenges that we face as managers is trying to determine just exactly how hands-on we should be with the members of our team. The problem is that there is no one solution to this problem. A great example of this dilemma comes when it’s time for an employee to set goals. As their manager, should you be using your manager skills to do this and if you do, will it result in them not trusting you?
April 22, 2021
How To Defend Yourself During A Negotiation
When we enter into a negotiation, we never know who will be sitting across the table from us. Will they be a negotiator who is just starting out or a skilled professional who has done this countless times before? In any negotiation that you participate in, you will undoubtedly find yourself on the defensive at certain points in time. What you need are strategies that you can use to get the deal that you want out of the negotiation.
April 16, 2021
Managers Need To Understand The Limitations Of Technology In The Workplace
Managers know that technology has given us more flexibility in how we work than ever before, and for that, our mental well-being has definitely improved. They know that the human brain can only tolerate so much stimulation before reaching overload. Managers try to combat this by changing the work environment to avoid burning out, giving teams a fresh atmosphere in which to thrive. This helps them stay in the “flow,” that state of mind where employees not only do their best work, but enjoy it the most. The good news is that technology has untethered us from the static workstation. However, there’s a dark side to that bright screen when it comes to team member’s well-being.
April 15, 2021
Managers Need To Have A Plan To Deal With An Active Shooter
I really wish that we did not have to have this discussion. No matter how much manager training you’ve had or how sharp you think that your manager skills are, none of us is ready to deal with a life & death situation that having someone in our office with a gun creates. In the past this never seemed to be a problem. The office was seen as being a safe place where everyone could get along. Sure people might argue, but the worst thing that would happen is that there would be a fight in the parking lot. That has all changed. Are you ready to deal with this new world?
April 8, 2021
Hey Manager, How Much Of Your Time Are You Wasting?
What is the most precious thing that you own? Your home? Your car? Maybe an expensive watch or some jewelry? Nope, I can say with some confidence that the most valuable thing that you own is your time. This is the one thing that even with our manager skills none of us ever seem to have enough of and we would all like to find ways to get more of it. The biggest question that we all have to answer is just exactly where is our time going and are we wasting it?
March 25, 2021
Has Hiring Become Broken At Your Company?
As managers we know that staffing our teams with the best people for the job is a critical part of creating teams that can accomplish great things. However, all too often when you take a look at how a company is going about hiring people, you’ll discover that somehow the process has become broken. Lots of companies like to talk about making the hiring process better, but they don’t seem to know how to go about doing this. What needs to change?
March 18, 2021
Managers Need To Know How To Write Effective Job Postings
If you are a manager and you have an opening on your team, what do you do? If you are like most of us your HR department is going to come to you and ask that you create a job description so that they can go post it and see who applies for it. This is the way that we’ve always done things. However, it has not always worked out all that well. The wrong people apply for jobs or, even worse, too many people apply for an open position. Something has to change. Managers have to learn how to write job descriptions.
March 11, 2021
What Do Managers Need To Know About Employee Biometric Data?
Managers are aware that the modern workplace is having technology added to it every day. The new technologies that companies are using includes things like fingerprint and facial scanners. Every time that a worker gets scanned, more and more data about that worker is collected by the company. What is starting to happen is that workers are becoming aware of the enormous amount of data about them that the company is collecting. Workers are starting to go to court to challenge the company in regards to how their biometric data is being stored and used. What manager skills does a manager need to have in order to know about what is going on?
March 4, 2021
Managers Need To Know If They Are Confident Or Overconfident
So manager – are you overconfident? I’m pretty sure that we all know that being self-confident is one of the manager skills that we all need in order to be a great manager. However, it turns out that there is a dark side to this trait – we can easily become overconfident. When we are confident we act decisively and challenge other people. When we are overconfident we become arrogant and we rush into bad decisions. How can we tell if we have crossed the line from being confident to becoming over confident?
February 25, 2021
Are You Working For A Boss Who Is A Tornado?
So the big question that I have for you is what kind of boss are you currently working for? Right now it is very trendy to be a disruptive leader. These types of bosses have a take-no-prisoners management style that can both ignite new trends within the company while at the same time crushing the competition. However, it turns out that there is also a darker side to these types of bosses. If this describes your boss, do you know how to work with them?
February 18, 2021
How To Be A Manager During A Time Of Grief
There is no question about it: we are currently living in a time of almost unimaginable grief. There are always things that are making the members of your team feel sad and down. However, with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic and the death and destruction that has come along with it, we are all feeling even more emotionally battered than ever before. As a manager who is responsible for a team of workers, you need to use your manager skills to understand what your team is currently going through. It is going to be up to you to help the members of your team deal with the grief that they are currently experiencing and help them to find a way to move forward.
February 11, 2021
How To Spot Bad Team Members In Zoom Meetings
In the new world in which we are all living, video conferencing (perhaps via Zoom) has become commonplace. What this means for managers is that we are having to use our manager skills to adjust to a new way of working. Since we are responsible for our teams, this means that we are responsible for how they communicate via tools such as Zoom. It turns out that what we need to be on the lookout for are team members who are behaving badly while Zooming. Before we can take action, we first have to know what we are looking for.
February 4, 2021
Managers Need To Learn How To Get Rid Of Low-Priority Work
So just how busy are you? If you are like most managers these days you have more work to do than you have hours in a day. We understand that there is a great deal of work that needs you to use your manager skills to get done. However, more and more there seem to be tasks that we consider to be “low-priority” that keep showing up on our desks. We really don’t want to waste our time working on these issues, but they keep coming our way. What’s a manager to do?
January 28, 2021
Managers Work Remotely To Get Their Teams To Work Together
Technology is a wonderful thing. It has allowed managers to use their manager skills to build teams that no longer have to be located in the same location. However, when a team is distributed, there are set of new challenges that managers need to be aware of and find ways to deal with. A team that does not have to work side by side may not develop the same sense of team spirit that can help a team to be successful. What this means for managers is that we need to find ways to create a sense of teamwork among our remote teams.
January 14, 2021
How Managers Should Do Performance Reviews During A Pandemic
Clearly the pandemic has changed just about everything having to do with going to work. As the season for end-of-the-year performance reviews starts to arrive, many team members may be starting to experience the standard level of dread that they feel every year. However, the pandemic has changed everything else and so perhaps it should also change the way that evaluations are done. This is something that managers need to carefully consider.
January 7, 2021
How Managers Can Boost Their Stage Presence During Videoconferences
As a manager it is important that you be able to show leadership skills to your team. When we used to meet with our teams in the office, we could do this by showing them that we were listening to them, making eye contact and other ways to let them know that we viewed them as being important. During the pandemic, these things are no longer easy to do. We are interacting with our teams via video conferencing and it turns out that commanding a room full of team members with our manager skills isn’t the same thing as commanding a Zoom video conference.
December 17, 2020
How Can Managers Get Creative When It Comes To Team Member Burnout Issues?
As the person who is in charge of a team of professionals, it has always been your job to make sure that everyone is doing well. Now that we are attempting to work our way through a pandemic, things like that have become a bit more difficult to do. However, it has become even more important that as managers we are able use our manager skills to detect when members of our team are starting to feel burned out and then we need to be able to step in and do something about it. The big question that most of us are currently facing is just exactly what can we do to help out our team members when it all just becomes too much to deal with?
December 10, 2020
Bill Gates Suggestions For How To Become A Better Manager
I don’t know about you, but I’m always open to getting some advice. Being a manager is hard work and I don’t claim to know how to do everything correctly. What I would really like is if someone that I really respected would take the time to point out what I should be doing in order to become a better manager. It turns out that, of all people, Bill Gates is willing to do just that. Hey, if he’s talking to me, then I had better be listening.
December 3, 2020
How Managers Can Successfully Work From Home
There is no question that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything for managers. Now that we all find ourselves working from home, we are being forced to find different ways to do everything that we used to do. Managing a team, delivering results, and doing all of the additional tasks that managers are called on to do can be especially challenging when we are isolated at home. What we need to do is to find ways to make our new work environment be as successful as working in the office used to be.
November 19, 2020
How Can Managers Network During A Pandemic?
Let’s face it, most of us don’t really relish the idea of having to go out and do networking. However, in the past we’ve been willing to do it because we knew that it was an important way to help our career move along. Then came the Covid-19 pandemic. All of sudden we can’t get together and make small talk with people that we hardly know. The importance of doing this has not diminished, just how we have to go about doing it has changed. How is a manager supposed to network in the era of a pandemic?
November 12, 2020
How Managers Can Use Technology To Find Their Next Job In Trying Times
Congratulations, you have a job. However, is this really the job that you want? Do you spend your days dreaming of doing something else? If you ever decided to do that something else, would it require you to make a career change? This is no small change – this can be a very big deal for most managers. If your heart really lies somewhere else, then perhaps the current world that Covid-19 and the associated pandemic have turned upside down might be just the place where you use your manager skills and technology to make your dreams come true.
November 5, 2020
What A Manager Needs To Do To Boost Their Team’s Morale
Just about every manager has a complaint about the Covid-19 pandemic. It has disrupted the flow of teams in the office. It has sent everyone home to work. In fact, it has taken the fight out of your team. If we want to boost our teams back up, managers are going to have to find a way to re-inflate our teams. Just exactly how is a manager supposed to go about doing this?
October 29, 2020
How Can Managers Prevent Team Burn Out?
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of things to change for managers. Our teams are now working from home, collaboration is much harder to do, and we are struggling to find ways to keep that team spirit thing alive. Managers are confronting how best to use their manager skills to keep their team from burning out while propelling their businesses forward. Wise managers need to prepare for change and help workers stay engaged. Just exactly how are we supposed to go about doing this?
October 22, 2020
What Managers Should Do (Or Not Do) When You Get Promoted
Congratulations to you! You’ve just been promoted! Finally all of that great work (and the great work of your team) along with your manager skills have been recognized. Umm, now what should you be doing? The world that you used to know has gone away. You are now in a new position and the people who promoted you and for that matter the rest of the company have new expectations of you. Just exactly what is a manager expected to do after they have been promoted?
October 15, 2020
How Managers Can Deal With Being Promoted
Getting promoted is what every manager wants. With your new position comes more money, more responsibility, better benefits, and perhaps even elevated status. However, it turns out that there is a downside to this type of career advancement. You may now be asking yourself “where did all of my friends go?” Likewise, now when you walk into a room, conversations may stop. You are going to have to find ways to deal with this new world order.
October 8, 2020
How Managers Can Keep Their Teams Creativity Going During A Pandemic
As managers we all know that innovation is one of the keys to our team’s long term success. The ability of the members of our team to interact with each other, try out new ideas, refine those ideas and create solutions to complex problems is one of the things that can make a team great. Then the pandemic struck. The result of this is that everyone got sent home to work. All of a sudden the creative energy that your team may have been generating got turned off. As a manager, how can you turn it back on?
October 1, 2020
Managers Need To Learn How To Compete For Their Next Promotion
As a manager, it turns out that finding ways to get the most out of your team is not the only thing that you have to use your manager skills to do when you are at work. Every day when you go into work you are really riding off to battle. It turns out that your performance is always being measured against the people that you work with. Eventually somebody is going to get promoted, get a raise, or get a bonus. Will it be you or someone else? This is something that none of us have any manager training on how to deal with. Welcome to the real world: your co-worker is your top competitor.
September 24, 2020
How Can Managers Stay Focused While Working Remotely?
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life for all of us. We used to go into the office and use our manager skills to do manager stuff. Now we find ourselves staying at home and participating in countless Zoom meetings. In the beginning it was all new and different and we were able to focus and get work done. However, things have changed over time and now it’s getting harder and harder to stay focused on our work. What’s a manager to do?
September 17, 2020
Managers Want To Know Who The Real Leaders On Their Team Are
As managers, one of the jobs that our company expects us to perform is to use our manager skills to find the next generation of managers that will lead the company after we are gone. What this means for us is that we are responsible for taking a look at our team and identifying the team members that we believe would make good leaders. This, of course, then brings up the question of just exactly what makes someone a good leader. Managers need to know this so that they can make the right staffing selections.
September 3, 2020
Managers Need To Know: What Do The Kids Want?
Managers are faced with a number of different challenges as they attempt to perform their job. All of this is made even more difficult by the simple fact that not everyone on your team is the same. Sprinkled in our teams are the so-called millennial younger workers who have a different outlook on life than the older members of your team do. As a manager you have to take the time to understand what your millennial team members are looking for from their jobs so that you can determine if you can provide it. If you can get this right, then you have a much better chance of keeping your team together.
August 27, 2020
How Should Managers Deal With Bringing Employees Back To The Office?
There is no question that the Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. One day we were all in the office getting along and then the next day everyone was at home using Zoom to video conference with each other. As life slowly starts to try to get back to normal, managers have a real challenge on their hands. The Covid-19 virus has not gone away and yet we’d still like to restart our normal office interactions. What’s the best way to go about doing this?
August 13, 2020
How To Keep Your Best Team Members
During the course of a normal day, a manager has a lot of different things that we need to spend time worrying about. However, using our manager skills to keep the team that we have onboard is often not one of the things that we worry about on an average day. However, perhaps we should be. If we hold off until they are walking out the door in order to find out why they are leaving, then it will probably be too late. What we really need to be doing is talking with the members of our team today in order to find out what we can do to get them to stick around longer.
August 6, 2020
Managers Need To Learn How To Move Slower
As managers we always want to find ways to use our manager skills to get more things done. Our to-do lists just seem to keep getting longer and people are always asking us to accomplish more things in less time. Our bosses are willing to send us to manager training where we’ll learn how to look like we are working hard even if we may not be producing as much as we should be. Managers need to be careful and stop confusing productivity with getting results. Perhaps what we really should be doing is looking at how we can use “slowness” to do a better job of accomplishing what we need to get done.
July 30, 2020
What Managers Can Learn From Michael Jordan’s Leadership Style
Anyone who follows basketball knows who Michael Jordon was. He was one of the truly great players. Season after season he lead his team to success. It turns out that one of the reasons that his team was so successful was not just because of Michael’s incredible basketball talent, but also because of his leadership style. Is there something that managers can learn from Michael’s manager skills?
July 23, 2020
How Managers Deal With Reorganizations
As though the job of being a manager was not tough enough, it turns out that there is something that can make it just a bit more challenging: change. You know what I’m talking about here. Every so often your company gets the good idea that they could become more effective if they reorganized. Arggg! This is exactly the kind of thing that can throw even the best laid plans up into the air no matter what manager skills you have. Keep in mind that none of us have any manager training on how to deal with situations like this. What is a manager to do when a reorganization happens?
July 16, 2020
What Are The Traits Of A Successful Manager?
There are a lot of managers out there. However, not all of them are great managers. If you would like to become a great manager, this of course brings up the question of just exactly what you will have to do in order to make this happen. It turns out that there is not just one characteristic that you are going to have to have, there are a number of them. Do you have what it is going to take in order to develop the manager skills to become a successful manager?
July 10, 2020
The Millennial Workplace Is Coming – Will Managers Be Ready?
As all managers have probably realized by now, the millennials have arrived. That younger generation of workers are moving into the office at the same time that the baby boomers are starting to move out. The arrival in force of this new type of worker is going to cause some fundamental changes to occur in the workplace. As a manager, you need to have the manager skills to be ready for the changes in tools, workspace, and culture. Do you know what is getting ready to happen?
June 25, 2020
Managers Need To Know How Do You Deal With Risk?
In a perfect world, a manager would have all of the knowledge, manager skills, and manager training that he or she needed to have when it came time for them to make a decision. With this information they could be comfortable that the decision that they were making was the right decision. However, as I’m pretty sure that you are well aware of, we don’t live in a perfect world. What this means is that we have to make decisions with limited information and that means that we need to learn how to deal with risk.
June 18, 2020
How Managers Can Create Innovative Teams
As managers we are always looking for way to use our manager skills to get more out of our teams. What we’ve been told is that we can do this if we can come up with a way to boost their innovation. It may sound easy, but it isn’t. What managers need to do is to find ways that they can revamp their business processes. This is going to require a radical rethinking of our business’ strategy and processes: how we interact with our customers, how they drive operational excellence and how we approach innovation. This is going to require that managers decide which technologies to use as the foundation of their transformation. Just in case you were wondering, there is no manager training for this kind of change.
June 11, 2020
Good Managers Know About The Power Of Failure
Becoming a successful manager is a difficult enough thing to accomplish. So why would we want to jeopardize it once we achieve it? But research says we unwittingly do just that when we withhold or try to bury one thing about ourselves in particular – our failures. Yes, you heard me correctly – we’re supposed to tell people about the things that we’ve done wrong and the mistakes that we’ve made. This is not an easy thing for any of us to do, but it turns out that in order to be a good manager it is something that we do need to do.
June 4, 2020
What Do Managers Have To Know About Working From Home?
Now that we are all dealing with the arrival of a global pandemic we now find ourselves working from home, many managers are asking themselves just exactly how to go about doing this. Our goal has to be to find a way to stay productive while at the same time remaining healthy and taking care of our personal well-being. What we need to do is to use our manager skills to develop some basic habits that will ensure that working at home does not end up compromising our well-being.
May 21, 2020
How Can A Manager Tell When Workers Are Getting Ready To Leave?
Managers understand that when the job market becomes tight, employee retention is key. What this means is that they are going to have to get good at using their manager skills to detect when their team members are thinking about leaving. Managers need to be able to detect the tell-tale signs that highly valued team members may be considering moving on in order to get in front of staff turnover before it’s too late.
May 14, 2020
How Can A Manager Build A Happy Team?
Ok manager, so you are in charge of a team. What would you like to do with that team? If you are like most of us, you’d like to be able to use your manager skills to create a happy, very productive team. The studies have shown us that happy teams score higher on productivity, engagement, loyalty, and creativity. They also take fewer sick days. Who wouldn’t want a team like this? Now, just exactly how do we go about creating a team like this without any manager training on how to do it?
May 7, 2020
Some Managers Thrive On Negative Feedback
If I had to guess what kind of feedback you like to get, I’d be willing that just like the rest of us you like positive feedback about your manager skills the best. However, somewhat surprisingly it turns out that there is a type of manager who likes a different type of feedback. Negative feedback. Most of us dislike negative feedback and we go out of our way to avoid getting it or giving it out. We fear that if we give someone negative feedback it is going to cause dejection, anger, and may even end up making them cry. That’s why it’s so amazing that some managers actually seek out negative feedback.
April 30, 2020
If Managers Want To Get Things Done, They Have To Write Them Down
As managers we are being asked to do a lot of different things. We may come into work with a list of things that we want to get done during the day and when we leave at the end of the day we discover that we’ve spent our time doing a lot of other things and our list is untouched. People seem to have no problems dropping by our desks and asking us to do things for them. If we’re not careful, a lot of stuff is going to fall through the cracks. How can a manager use our manager skills to stay on top of everything that we’ve been asked to do?
April 23, 2020
Managers Understand That Company Culture Starts With Them
Managers realize that it’s always been hard to use their manager skills to attract and retain the top quality talent that they need. It seems as though it has become even harder to do this lately. What seems to be a key way that managers can make this happen is if they use their manager training to understand what workers, especially millennials, are really looking for: company culture.
April 16, 2020
How Managers Can Make Better Decisions
If we were to list out all of the important manager skills that a manager needs to have, what would be on that list? Even more importantly, what would be at the top of that list? It turns out that what should be at the top of the list is the ability to make decisions well. Research has shown that how we go about making decisions is just as important as what decisions we make. If we want to make decisions the right way and we don’t have any manager training on how to do this, how can we go about doing this?
April 2, 2020
How Should Managers Be Practicing Transparency?
The goal of every manager is to become a respected manager. This is a fine goal to have, but just exactly how can we make this happen? It turns out that one important step in getting your team to respect you is for you to make the practice of transparency important. Why should you bother with this? Well, give some thought to doing the opposite thing. Think about the last time you caught someone in the act of not being transparent. Since then has your trust in that person ever fully recovered? Clearly transparency is something that we need to work on as managers. How can we do this?
March 26, 2020
Managers Discover The Power Of Emotional Intelligence
So how good are you as a manager at showing your emotional intelligence to your team? A lot of us would say that we’re not very good at doing this, but then we’d follow this up by saying something like “I’m not that type of person.” It turns out that you’d be wrong. We can all show emotional intelligence to our team and all we have to do is learn how to go about doing it.
March 19, 2020
It Turns Out The Humble Managers Are The Best Managers
So what makes a manager a great manager? For the longest time companies have believed that personality characteristics such as charm and charisma are the manager skills that made a manager successful. Guess what – it turns out that they may have been wrong. New studies are showing that the thing that can make a manager great is something that everyone has been overlooking – humility. This new insight is starting to change how people look at managers and understand what it takes to be a great manager.
March 12, 2020
What Managers Can Learn From Google
As managers, where we work will probably play a big role in how we develop our manager skills. If we could all choose where we worked, I’m pretty sure that a lot of us would all agree that working for Google would probably be a good choice. Once upon a time Google was a small start-up company. Since then, they have grown and they now employ over 70,000 workers. It turns out that all those people needed leaders. And not just any leaders, but people who can do it in an environment of incessant change and planetary scale. Just exactly how has Google gone about providing this kind of manager training?
March 5, 2020
What Does A Manager Have To Do After You Are Promoted?
What is it that every manager is hoping for? Why it is to use your manager skills to be promoted, of course. When that special day comes, are you going to be ready? You’ll get a new job title, perhaps more money, maybe even a new office. However, it’s not going to be long before your mind is going to start to be filled with second thoughts. If you are not careful, you could end up sabotaging yourself. Upon getting promoted, there are several things that you are going to have to get busy doing.
February 27, 2020
How Managers Should Handle Sexual Harassment Claims
There has been a great deal of coverage in the papers and on television about sexual harassment in the workplace. Male managers have been struggling to find ways to use our manager skills to deal with these claims and, of course, how to prevent them from happening in the first place. Managers just don’t seem to know what the appropriate response is – we’ve never had any manager training on what to do. What managers need to understand is what we should NOT do when someone comes to us with an allegation of sexual harassment.
February 20, 2020
What Is A Manager’s Secret To Being Emotionally Intelligent?
As managers, we are under a great deal of pressure to use our manager skills to find ways to get the most out of our teams. We can try a lot of different techniques; however, all too often we get the same results – nothing changes. The good news for us is that it turns out that if we want to create more open relationships with the members of our team all we have to do is to learn how to ask questions the right way. How hard can that be to do correctly?
February 13, 2020
Are Managers Going To Be Ready For Gen Z Workers?
Ok manager, how is managing those millennials working out for you? I hope that you’ve come up with ways to make peace with them because it is just about time for the next batch of workers to show up on your doorstep: Generation Z. Do you have any manager training for dealing with this? This group of workers will be arriving battle-scarred, socially awkward, and driven by money. Are you going to be ready for this management challenge?
February 6, 2020
How To Deal With Negotiators Who Lie
The goal of any negotiation is to find a way to reach an agreement with the other side of the table. The challenge that we run into during this process is that no matter what negotiation styles or negotiating techniques are being used we need to understand what the other side wants and the only way that we can get that information is if they tell us. However, sometimes we run into situations where the other side is not telling us the truth – they lie. When we find ourselves in these situations, it’s going to be even more of a challenge to reach an agreement with the other side. We need to know what action to take based on what kind of lies are being told.
January 31, 2020
Managers Need To Know: Just Exactly What Is Artificial Intelligence?
Welcome to the 21st Century. For some reason everyone seems to be talking about artificial intelligence as of late. What’s the big deal? This stuff used to only exist in science fiction movies and now it sure seems like it is in the process of taking over the world. Managers are going to be affected by the arrival of artificial intelligence and so it sure looks like we are going to have to make sure that we have the manager skills to fully understand what is going on here.
January 30, 2020
Managers Need To Become A Leader That Their Team Can Trust
If there is one workplace problem that managers want to find a way to solve, it would most definitely be the challenge of disengaged employees. What managers would like to learn how to do would be to understand how to use our manager skills to better motivate employees and how to get more manager training on how to build better relationships with those employees. So the big question is what is the manager factor that is most closely linked to employee engagement? Interestingly enough, the answer turns out to be when employees feel they can trust their manager. As managers, how can we make this happen?
January 16, 2020
What The U.S. Army Can Teach Managers About Becoming Better
Ok, so I’m willing to admit it – I’m not perfect. Yes, I am always working to try to become perfect, but so far I have not been able to even get close to that goal. Most managers would say that they are in the same boat as me. It’s a bit depressing to set out to try to accomplish something and then despite using your manager skills you basically fail at doing it. When this happens, because there is no manager training for dealing with failure a lot of managers tend to throw their hands up and say “oh well”. It turns out that this is not the right thing to do. Instead, we should all be doing what the U.S. Army does when they have a failure.
January 9, 2020
Manager Tips From Google On How To Make A Great Team
Let’s think about your team for just a moment or two. The people on your team most of the time don’t do things by themselves. Instead, they work with other people on the team in order to accomplish tasks. However, it’s that working together thing that can cause problems. Interpersonal issues can crop up, personalities can clash, and managers (that’s you) despite all of our manager training can provide unclear directions. The result of all of this is that your team members can be left with conflict issues and this can end up stifling your team’s productivity. What’s a manager to do?
December 19, 2019
What Do Managers Have To Do In Order To Become A Great Team Leader?
Let’s face it, the job of a manager is very much both team- and direction-focused. Managers are the ones who need to use their manager skills to set the course, ensure consistency and develop and reinforce core values for their teams. After you get that part of the job taken care of things become considerably easier. The rest of the job is simply to hire great people and get out of their way. In order to be a successful manager, it’s going to take a great team standing behind you. What can you do to make this happen?
December 12, 2019
Hey Manager – Could You Be Too Much Into This Team Thing?
Yea! It’s time to work on a team! How many times have you heard someone say this to you? As managers of a team, we are expected use our manager skills to lead by example and so we are the ones who are supposed to be able to show our team what it means to work successfully as a part of a team. We’ve all been to the manager training courses where we’ve been taught about the power of working in teams. Sure seems like we should do this all the time, right? Well, actually not…
December 5, 2019
What Should Managers Do About Hugging?
How about if we agree to talk about a touchy topic: hugging. Yep, even in this #Metoo era, the concept of opening your arms up and then enveloping a coworker in a big hug is something that is still done in the workplace. You’d think that all of this would be going away in our ultra-sensitive political climate; however, that is not the case. In fact, there appears to be even more hugging going on at work these days. What do managers have to do in order to make sure that our embraces are going to be welcome?
November 21, 2019
What’s The Best Way For A Manager To Switch Jobs?
No job that any of us have will probably last us for our entire career. What that means is that we’re all going to be packing up our manager skills and switching jobs at some point in time. This is where things can get a bit tricky because none of us have had any manager training in how to do this correctly. Yes, we may be willing to jump to a new company to take on that shiny new job. However, we need to realize that there are a whole bunch of ways that that a job switch could go wrong. What’s the best way to change jobs?
November 14, 2019
Managers Need To Learn How To Deal With Dead-End Conversations
Let’s face it. A big part of the job of being an effective manager is the art of conversation. During an average day, we end up talking with a lot of different people about a lot of different things. It would be fair to say that our conversations have a lot to do with our ability to get things done. However, then there are THOSE conversations. You know the ones that I’m talking about. Dead-end conversations.
November 7, 2019
What To Do When That New Job Is Not What You Thought It Would Be
Ah, a new job! When we take a new job we’re doing so because a lot of promises have been made to us. We may have been told that we’ll have a fancy title and they’ve promised us a lot of pay. We’ve been told that we’re being placed in a position of power and that we’ll be able to use our manager skills to have a big influence on the direction of the company. However, when we show up, we discover that what we were told does not match reality. Should we stay or should we go?
October 31, 2019
What Should A Manager Do When Your Peers Are Doing Better Than You?
So here’s something that can be difficult for us to deal with: what do you do when you are not #1? At work, I’m hoping, we all try hard to use our manager skills and do our best. However, there will be times that the people that we are working with, our peers, just simply outperform us. When this happens and when we become aware of it, what is a manager to do? Let us assume that giving up and going home is not an option. We’d like to hang on to our job, what should we do in this type of situation?
October 24, 2019
How Managers Can Reinvent Themselves
So is there any downside to becoming a manager? One possibility is the simple fact that it takes time. By the time most of us become managers, we’re not as young as we used to be. What this means is that we find ourselves in a workplace filled with younger people trying to use our manager skills to manage teams made up of younger people. All of sudden it can be very easy for us to start to feel as though we might not be keeping up. How can a manager deal with this situation?
October 17, 2019
How Managers Can Become Less Anxious
When we signed up for the job of being a manager, we may not have realized the other things that came along with this job. One such thing might be the anxiety that being a manager can cause in us. This, of course, bring up the question about just exactly what anxiety is. The dictionary tells us that anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. As managers, no matter what manager skills we have, this pretty much describes every day of our lives. What can we do to deal with the anxiety that our job creates?
October 10, 2019
How Managers Can Bridge The Instant Messaging Generation Gap
How the members of your team communicate with each other is changing. There is a new wave of instant messaging applications that is in the process of changing how the members of your team communicate with each other. This change may be causing the older members of your team to scramble in order to keep up. As a manager, you are going to have to take steps to use your manager skills to make sure that everyone on your team can stay ahead of the changes that are being caused by instant messaging.
September 26, 2019
How Can Managers Get Workers To Stop Looking At Their Phones?
So here’s a quick quiz for you. How many times each day do the members of your team take out their phone and look at them? It turns out that the answer is 2,617 times per day that we all tap, poke, pinch, or swipe our phones. From a manager point-of-view, just exactly how much time does all of this take? The answer is 2 hours and 25 minutes each and every day. The bad news for you is that most of this is happening while your team members are at work!
September 19, 2019
Can You Become A Better Manager By Doing Less?
As a manager, your goal at work is to get ahead. You want to be seen as a star performer who gets things done. You want your work to be viewed as being of the highest quality and you want your management to come looking for you when they have a slot open up for promotions. The big question that you are facing is the same one that we are all trying to answer: just exactly what do you have to do at work to be successful? It turns out that the answer may not be what you think that it should be.
September 12, 2019
Getting Along With The Boss: How To
As a manager you are in charge of a team of people who have to do what you tell them to do. However, at the same time you work for a boss who can tell you what to do. What this means for you (and your career) is that you’d like to be able to use your manager skills to create the best working relationship with your boss that you can. However, the mystery here is just exactly how to go about doing that. It turns out that it’s pretty easy, you just need to know what steps you need to take.
August 29, 2019
Managers Need To Know How To Mange Up
What’s your plan for getting promoted from the manager position that you currently have? You’d like to get kicked upstairs, but just exactly how are you going to go about making that happen? A lot of us hope that the quality of the work that we do will speak for us and our bosses will notice us and our manager skills and will then promote us. Good idea; however, all too often it does not work out this way. We need to learn how to “manage up”. This one skill is the one that will shape your career. Do you know how to do it?
August 22, 2019
How Managers Can Achieve A Sense Of Calm
Let’s face it: being a manager can be a very stressful job. People are always asking us for things and we are trying to do our best to use our manager skills to manage our team. If we are not careful, the stress associated with the job can become so much that it starts to affect our relationships and potentially even our health. Managers need a way to deal with all of this stress and our manager training does not tell us what we need to do. In the past, managers have tried various activities such as skydiving, mountain climbing, and going to the gym. However, lately a new approach has shown up that can be done in the office: meditation.
August 16, 2019
How Should Boys And Girls Interact In The Workplace?
Just in case you had not noticed it, the world has changed. Sexual harassment has been going on in the workplace for a long time and thanks to the #MeToo movement it’s been brought out into the light. There is currently a big uproar going on with new allegations of improper workplace behavior being announced almost every day. As a manager who is both responsible for using your manager skills to manage a team of both boys and girls as well as working with boys and girls in other departments, the new rules for working in the modern workplace can appear to be quite confusing.
August 8, 2019
How To Stop Interruptions In The Office
So has your office gone to one of those “open office” floor plans? According to the really smart people, there are a lot of advantages of this kind of open office design. However, one of the downsides to it is that it can be all too easy for someone to show up unannounced at your desk and interrupt the work that you are doing no matter how good your manager skills are. We want them to go away and just leave us alone to do our work. In this kind of open office, what can a manager to in order to tell the world that we just want to be left alone?
August 1, 2019
Managers Need To Ask Themselves If They Talk Too Much
How much do you talk? Do you talk enough? Or perhaps, do you talk too much? A key part of the job of being a manager is using your manager skills to deliver good communication. There are a lot of different ways for us to communicate;and talking is one of the most important. However, it turns out that it is entirely possible for us to to do too much talking. When this happens, the people that we are talking to, just start to shut down and stop listening to us. Do you talk too much?
July 25, 2019
The Problem With Setting Goals
Every year when New Year’s rolls around we are all encouraged to use our manager skills to set goals for the upcoming year. Most of us actually do this and then we use those goals to guide us as we plan our work. The best part of all of this is occasionally we just happen to achieve one of our goals! The big question is how does this success make you feel? Sometimes achieving a goal can leave us down in the dumps, feeling blue, not happy at all. What’s up with this and what can we do to prevent it?
July 18, 2019
How Managers Can Gain Power At Work
When we start a new manager job, things can be quite frustrating. Where we were previously had probably allowed us to occupy leadership roles. When we now find ourselves in a powerless position at the bottom of the organization ladder no matter what manager skills we have, it can be all too easy to start to think about switching jobs. The question that managers need to be able to answer is how can we gain power when we are starting out with none?
June 27, 2019
What Managers Need To Do Before They Quit
So what’s the worst thing that could happen to you as a manager? The list of things could be quite long, but I think that we could all agree that finding yourself trapped in a job that you don’t like would have to be close to the top of the list. We can probably make this just a little bit worse if we made it so that you had just accepted a new job only to discover that despite your manager skills, you didn’t like it. What’s a manager to do if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation?
June 20, 2019
Managers Struggle To Recruit The Right Workers
In order to manage the best team, you have to have the best team. What this means is that one of your responsibilities as a manager is to use your manager skills to recruit the best team possible. During times when the job market is tight, this can be a real challenge.
June 13, 2019
Managers Have To Deal With The Challenge Of First Impressions
As a manager, we meet a lot of people. What this means for us is that we are responsible for a lot of first impressions. Although we may not spend a lot of time thinking about it, it turns out that those first impressions often shape how people choose to interact with us. We’d like all of our first impressions to be positive, but our manager skills really don’t give us all that much control over them. One of the biggest problems that we run into is the simple fact that most people’s first impressions are wrong.
June 7, 2019
How Can Managers Get People To Work Together?
More and more companies are starting to realize that if they want to get the most out of their employees, they are going to have to get employees from different departments to work together. It turns out that this can be difficult to do. How is a manager going to use their manager skills to get extroverted sales people to work with introverted IT staff? How can creative types work with detail orientated budget types? Making this happen is a new task that managers are going to have to get good at.
May 23, 2019
How Should Managers Handle Office Romances?
It goes without saying that the #metoo movement has resulted in the downfall of many formally powerful men: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose, and Matt Lauer. Clearly there were a lot of very bad things going on in the entertainment industry. As managers we need to understand what the impact of all of this is going to be on our work environments. Is it going to result in tougher polices towards office romances or changed attitudes? What’s a manager to do?
May 16, 2019
How Should Managers Deal With Workplace Suicides?
So let’s face it. Talking about someone ending their own life is never a pleasant discussion. However, as a manager you need to be prepared to deal with this kind of event if someone on your team decides to take their own life. If we can step away from the hard and cold fact that you will now have to replace someone on your team, you need to understand that when somebody commits suicide, it’s going to have a ripple effect on your organization. Just about the only thing that could make this even worse would be if they decided to end their life while at work.
May 9, 2019
How Managers Can Get More Done By Doing Less
How’s that manager job going for you? Are you finding that you can use your manager skills to have enough time to get all of the things that you need to get done, done? If you are like most of us, the answer is no. You go into the office each day with a well made “to-do” list and then you come home at night with most of that to-do list still undone. What’s going on here? What’s going on is that life is knocking you for a loop. It’s all of the little things that need to be done every day that are preventing you from doing the bigger things that need to be accomplished. How can a manager get more done?
May 2, 2019
What Managers Can Do To Make Employees Stick Around
So here’s some bad news for managers: right now employee turnover (employees who leave) is currently at an all-time high. What this means for you is that your team is at risk. If you don’t find a way to use your manager skills to keep the members of your team happy and engaged in their job, then guess what – they are going to leave. If they leave, then all of a sudden your life just got a lot more complicated as you are going to have to spent a great deal of money to try to replace them. There has to be an alternative to all of this.
April 25, 2019
The One Skill That All Managers Must Master
As a manager, you will always be asked to do more things. On top of what you have already signed up to do, people will drop by your cube, catch your arm in the hall, and corner you in meetings and will come up with additional things to add to the already full plate of tasks that you have in front of you. It can be all too easy for us to deal with these situations by simply saying “I’ll do that”. Do this enough, and all too quickly you’ll discover that you are now juggling too much for any one person to get done. When this happens, you need to start to use the greatest skill that a manager has: focus.
April 11, 2019
How Bad Managers End Up Driving The Best Employees Away
With a little luck, most of us spend our time trying to become good managers. However, we realize that the world has a number of different types of managers in it and this means that there are both good managers and bad managers out there. It turns out that one of the main reasons that employees leave a firm is because they find themselves working for a bad manager. Although we don’t want to become bad managers, it might be useful to take a close look at what manager skills bad managers use to drive employees away so that we don’t find ourselves doing these things.
April 4, 2019
How Managers Can Make Sure That New Employees Don’t Quit
Oh my goodness – can you believe just how hard it is to find the right person to join your team? I mean think about it: we craft the perfect job description, wade through a pile of resumes, use our manager skills to interview far too many people by phone, invite a few in to take up our day and meet with us, and then finally make someone an offer. If we get lucky and they are still available and are still interested in working for our company, then perhaps we’ve found the next person to work for us. However, then comes the most difficult part of the process which is the one that we’ve had no manager training for: convincing them to not quit.
March 28, 2019
Managers Need To Start Dealing With The Problem Of Bullies In The Workplace
Can anyone remember going to kindergarten? Way back then life was a lot simpler. We all had a set of rules that were given to us on how to behave (say “thank you”, be kind to others, listen to what the teacher has to say, etc.). Now perhaps not everyone followed each of these rules all of the time, but at least we all knew what the rules were and could always refer back to them. Now move forward into the future in which we are now living. Incivility and it’s close cousin bullying are becoming a bigger issue in the workplace. What is a manager to do?
March 21, 2019
3 Ways That Managers Can Improve Their Leadership Skills
So congratulations, as a manager you are already a leader. However, if you are like most of us you could probably become a better leader. If you took the time to take a look at all of your manager skills, where do you think that your biggest leadership challenge lies? The way that you can identify this is by spending some time thinking about where you’ve had the biggest challenges – communications? Hiring? Team performance? It turns out that there are three traits that define managers who are good leaders. Perhaps we should be working on getting some manager training and improving all of these…?
March 14, 2019
Managers Need To Learn How To Humblebrag
As a manager, you are responsible for using your manager skills to manage a team of professionals. This means that you have to spend time with each member of your team in order to make sure that they have a good understanding of where they want their career to go and how they are going to achieve it. At the the same time, you need to have a good understanding of where you want your career to go. Likewise, once you know what you want, you’re going to have to know how you can go about making it happen.
March 7, 2019
Managers Need To Know What Makes A Workplace Toxic
So what kind of workplace do you work in? No, I’m not asking about the kind of furniture you have, what the view out the window looks like, or how comfortable the chairs are. Instead, what I’d like to know is just exactly how toxic is it? Surveys have been taken that reveal that 64% of people reported that they were currently working with someone that they considered to be toxic. A whopping 94% said that they had worked with someone who was toxic at some point in their career. It looks like we may have a problem that has to be solved by a manager here using your manager skills.
February 28, 2019
What Can Google Teach Managers About Teams?
The way that most work gets done is when we create a team of professionals, tell them what needs to be done, and then send them off to accomplish it. However, that is not always what happens. We’ve all had experiences with teams that we’ve used our manager skills to build that have struggled to accomplish their goals, have fought with each other, and generally have not gotten along very well. We know what failure looks like. What can a manager do in order to boost the chances that a team that he or she is responsible for will be a success?
February 21, 2019
How Can A Manager Know When They Are On Thin Ice?
So how are things going for you at work? Are you getting along with everyone – especially your boss? Or are you starting to get left out of meetings that you used to get invited to? Are the people that you work with starting to become cool towards you? Has your boss stopped having conversations with you? Bad things may becoming your way and you may not even realize it…
February 14, 2019
Why Is Company Culture Important To Managers?
In the day-to-day activities of a manager, most of us really don’t spend all that much time thinking about our company’s corporate culture. However, it turns out that it really does matter. If your company has a bad corporate culture, then it’s going to have a negative impact on the company’s bottom line results, its reputation, and in the end, recruitment. It sure seems as though managers need to start spending some time using their manager skills to look into how they can improve the company’s culture.
February 7, 2019