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?
The problem with too many managers---
A good manager coaches, leads and then gives their people autonomy and flexibility to get the job done.
The only "managing" that should be done is "managing" reports, paperwork, etc.
Two-way communication is always best because it lets your employees know you are there to listen to their concerns and answer any questions they have and you are able to build a trust that will help your company grow.
A manager is the one who manages certain department and with that certain set of people, one of the most important aspect of becoming a good manager is to be very good in his/her people management skills. people (employees, vendors, stake holders even clients) are an asset to any organization which only ultimately yields productivity or you say it revenue for the company.
Keep your staff motivated so they will stay with the company for the long term and will give you 100% of their effort.
Good management is getting predictable results for the business.
You become a better manager by setting clear expectations,
And holding your team accountable (and helping them) to meet those expectations.
The piece of advice?
Coach those that want to improve,
Remove those that won't.
Consistent themes of leading by example and listening to one's team are both critical. I would add that to become a better manager, one needs to understand, on top of what was already mentioned, how to put his/her team into the best positions to succeed. That is through taking the time to understand their personalities, who does what the best, along with understanding team dynamics. If your team members are doing tasks that do not complement their basic skillset, one will not become a better manager.
My one piece of advice would be to do whatever it takes to make your team as successful as it can be. Support them, do not interfere with them. I like to think of this similar to that of a coach. A coach is measured byu the success of his/her team, so give them the tools, skills and motivation ot be successful.
Treat your associates as you would customers. Listen to them. Have a genuine interest when they come to you. Do not ask them to do something you would not. Share happenings and changes as soon as possible so your people find out what could effect their jobs and lives from you and not he "grapevine".
Have a vision. And a right and uplifting attitude is more important than the right qualifications for yourself and your helpers.
A good manager does not expect their employee to do what they are not willing to do. They should be a mentor for the employee to be sucessful in the current position so they may grow and learn.
Good leader, great listener and communicator, great coach and mentor.
Focus on Teamwork and transparency. Always ready to help and making his/her team learning more each day.
There are many other skill sets that a manager may need to have. But in my experience, time management is the most important skills that should require for every managers.
I've heard that successful time management is more about keeping our motivation and shows path for success, rather than just following any particular system or software tool. Instead of that, we can consider that time management tools and applications really helps to manage our tasks and time without giving stress.
Personally, I use Replicon ( http://www.replicon.com/olp/online-time-recording-software.aspx ) software for time recording! It is one of the best application I've ever seen in my career. Its such an excellent software to manage our daily, weekly and monthly routine.
Become a better person. A bitter person becomes a bitter manager. Learn to manage yourself (your mind/ your thoughts in particular) better.
[ Based on my understanding of management Guru Swami Sukhabodhananda - www.prasannatrust.org]
Become a better listener. It's a signal to your employees that they matter. Plus, their input is crucial for you to lead and grow.
I got this quote from a TED Talk by Elizabeth Lesser: "Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen.", to me that summarizes what you want in a good manager.
Listen to your subordinates. They usually tell how they want to be managed in order to release the highest output.
fair and proactive = all these two essential features each good mother has got to cope with her child and breed her child very well...
so if buiness is like a child (start up, growth or maturity) so we can use such approach too...
it is under our feet, no new no super fantastic recommendation , the great thing is in its simplicity
hope, I could help you
Best regards for you and your business,