8 Uncommon Skills Managers Should Master
Just as times change, technology advances, and generations evolve with different mindsets and points of view, business does as well. While the skills of motivating individuals, encouraging teamwork, and being a great communicator stay the same, the method towards achieving them has changed. Mangers, CEO’s, and Leaders all have to adapt to the changing generation of fresh talent entering the work force.
Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned marketing company that specializes in public relations and brand building for our clients. So, our job is to help our clients grow throughout their target markets. To achieve this goal, we offer a Management Development Program that gives our people the opportunity to learn the skills they would have to possess to find success in Management and help expand our company and target additional markets for our clients.
This article we reviewed from http://www.dilbert.com outlines the 8 Uncommon Skills Managers Should Master to keep up with the times and help achieve greatness in their people.
1. Know when to have fun!
- Having fun at work doesn’t mean Blue Jean Fridays or Happy Hour after work. Large companies like Google, Foursquare, and Facebook lay a special emphasis on having fun at work. Some of this is by having fun office designs like gaming designs and modern decor. If your company doesn’t have the budget to do these things, try setting up company events like hiking trips, fantasy football leagues, or even joining a softball or sports team. These will help amp up the fun for your people and intensify the teamwork mentality.
2. Fake Confidence.
- “People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” — Anna Wintour
- There will always be times in management where you will second guess your decisions, your skills or abilities to finish projects, or even your ability to lead a team. On those occasions, just make sure you line up all of your facts and resources and then project an aura of confidence. As the adage goes, “fake it till you make it.”
3. Understand different cultures.
- The world is getting smaller and more connected. If you close yourself out to different perspectives, global cultures, or even various working styles, then you may end up impeding your own growth. Having rigid opinions or a set style of work, you may face resistance from your own team, which ultimately results in loss of productivity.
4. Get competitive.
- Sometimes you need to lighten up the atmosphere in your office from time to time, it’s also your job to nurture a spirit of competition. Not just any competition, but HEALTHY competition. Millennials get bored quicker than any earlier generation. To help combat that, make things more competitive within your office and organization. By keeping things competitive, you can engage your teammates and increase productivity!
5. Diffuse Conflict Quickly.
- Even healthy competitions can sometimes lead to conflicts. Be proactive and prevent conflicts. A manager should work towards creating camaraderie among their team members. Setting expectations within your team and interacting with them is key. Emphasize transparency and navigate any conflicts quickly and in a fair manner.
- People say now that today, everyone is a leader in an organization. Each person leads their own efforts and strives to achieve goals. Each person individually contributes to a collective goal. Nurture leadership in your team by communicating group goals and by giving every individual a sense of how they can contribute. Encourage creative thinking and for your team to ask, “why?” Be weary of your tendency to micromanage and let your team members learn how to manage their time, effort, and experience.
- While being a good listener is a universal trait that has remained an important skill throughout the ages. Now, it’s more challenging than ever. With remote working, communication becoming virtual, a manager will need to cut through the noise, read between the lines, and listen to the true meaning behind a person’s words. Yes, as challenging as it may seem, you actually have to understand the emotion behind an emoji! This is where understanding different cultures comes in handy.
- There are thousands of apps and versions of software being introduced globally on a daily basis and many of these are great for increasing productivity at work. As a manager you need to stay ahead of technology trends and drive the adoption of technology.