Six Management Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
As a manager you are in a position where you are always visible, even if you think that you are not!
Your Team will be looking to you for guidance and support, so it is very important to make sure that you have the skills and tools needed to do the job, every time you are asked.
Make sure that you avoid these common mistakes:
1. Never do it yourself: make sure that your staff are empowered to make decisions and that they can prove themselves through their output and commitment. Let go of mundane, routine tasks and put your effort an energy into strategic and visionary topics.
2. Lack in Vision: managers get so bogged down with the daily grind that they forget to set time to create goals and set a new direction for the team. Staff will always be very much more productive when they can clearly see how their activity contributes to both their personal and team/organisational goals.
3. Too busy for my staff: the team need to have contact with you so that they can share concerns, questions and opinions. By showing all the team that you value their contributions they will be more motivated to achieve.
4. Try to bring in some humour to the workplace: an environment that is too serious and dour leads to a demotivated team spirit. Share appropriate humour and celebrate big wins/successes so that there is plenty of fun amongst all the really hard work!
5. Avoid quick-fixes for problems: tempting to resolve an issue speedily and get on with things but doing this too frequently and all you will do is to never actually resolve anything. Take time to really look at issues and get to their root causes.
6. Poor communication: make sure that your team always knows what is going on and is kept up to date. Make sure that there is always a clear channel of communication so that current news/developments/issues can be shared. Always remember that feedback from the team could be crucial in your success!
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