If you could offer one piece of advice for becoming a better manager, what would it be?
There are varying opinions & perspectives on what it takes to become a good manager. What is one piece of advice you'd give to become a more effective manager?
Hire people better than yourself and help everyone in every way. Managers are leaders and good leaders lift up people and not rule over them. Last, and most important is to show people the what, how, why of your business.
Lead by example. Don't change your mind too frequently, but be open to suggestions from stakeholders and be willing to give them credit for it. Work hard, play hard.
Treat your men like family and they will go the the ends of the earth to fight for you. I think I read this from the book "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu.
Lead them firmly by example. Do not tell them to do something that you are not willing and able to do. Inspire them. Train them. Nurture them. Do not spoil them. Do not let them abuse your kindness. Reward them for good deeds and punish them firmly for transgressions. This fosters respect and authority. Make your orders crystal clear.
The Art of War book is an awesome book for strategists, generals and is already being used for managing business and various other applications.
Actions and example speaks louder than anything else, be reasonable, be fair and give your team the recognition they deserve; if you do that they will support you no matter what...
I was a retail manager, for 20 plus years and a district manager for 7 and the best advice I can give you is treat your people like you want to be treated. There are tons of books (Good to Great) (The Ten minute Manager) to name a few but nothing works like clear communication and clear expectations. The same thing you would want from your boss. It's that simple.
Listen to people, rather than talking at them, you need to understand how all parts of the organisation are working and the interface with other members of the organisation, find the weakness and problem areas and then address them
Listen -- ask your people great questions and listen to them.
Tell the truth all the time.
Give clear instruction then empower your folks.
Treat them with respect.
Help them see how they contribute to success.
Don't tell people 'how' to do something but 'why' they need to do it. Let them take ownership of the task and come up with their own solution.
Listen, get to know your staff strenghts and weaknesses and provide support in the most approprate format to enable them to grow and develop personnally and professionally.