We wanted to give you your holiday gift a little early this year! If you follow us on Twitter, you know that we’ve been giving you a management tip a day for 12 days. Below is our complete list of tips. Enjoy!
1. Communicate openly, encourage your team to do the same. Create an atmosphere of sharing ideas, concerns, etc. Employees want to feel like they can share things and not bottle up ideas or frustrations!
2. Be honest – Admit your mistakes and learn from them. Nobody’s perfect so don’t play the blame game. Take accountability when you screw up. Make sure you learn from your mistakes. If you do it once it’s a mistake, if you do it twice it’s a choice.
3. Change your coaching style towards each individual & task. This one comes from our previous blog post on things learned in management!
4. Be genuine and compassionate. Care about your employees, their well-being and their success.
5. Manage your time. Prioritize and do the most important things first. It always seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day but if you manage your time efficiently, you’ll be able to get everything done with time to spare.
6. Be open to new ideas and ways of thinking. The way you do things may not necessarily be the best way. Your team may have great ideas so embrace them!
7. Think positively. Your mood & outlook effects the attitude of your team. Yes, it sounds cheesy but it’s true! If you set yourself up for success with your thoughts and actions, chances are you’ll achieve it.
8. Recognize opportunities for you and your team to learn. As we’ve already mentioned, everyone makes mistakes! Without calling anyone out or embarrassing anyone, see these times as a chance to learn and move forward. We weren’t born as experts in anything, we become experts by learning from what has and hasn’t worked.
9. Know your employees. Build relationships and learn what motivates them. People feel more comfortable opening up and sharing things at work when they have a better relationship with you outside of work.
10. Be the type of person you’d like to meet. Like your mom always told you, treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Nobody wants to meet a mean, grumpy know-it-all so don’t act that way! Part of management is building and maintaining relationships. This becomes a lot easier if you’re friendly and relatable.
11. Maintain a work/life balance. Too much of a good thing can quickly turn bad. We love our jobs, but working around the clock is never a good thing. Find a balance of work and play. It’ll help keep your sanity, maintain relationships outside of work, and make you enjoy coming into the office even more.
12. Play on your team’s strengths instead of trying to fix weaknesses. Unless it is essential to someone’s position, stop trying to make them OK at something they’re bad at. Instead, make someone amazing at when they’re already good at. It’s better to have an expert in a few things than a jack of all trades with no clear expertise.