A manager needs to handle many different aspects of an organisation and take responsibility for their own and their department’s respective performance. Sometimes this leads to of the manager focusing on just getting the job done rather than how it is being done. Losing sight of this larger view can be counter-productive, adversely affecting the results of the organisation.
A good manager essentially inspires others. Are you a Manager that others want to follow? In order to be inspirational, efficient and effective, a manager needs to exhibit a high level of conceptual, human, and technical skills. This can be a daunting task. So here are some tips to help you manage your business effectively.
As a manager, your priority should be to make the most of your HR resources. Portraying yourself as the supreme know-it-all within the organisation will only inhibit the productivity of your workers. They will be deterred from contributing their best for the company and are more likely to disengage from the whole process and opt out from making quality decisions.
As a manager, it is your responsibility to make the best use your workforce’s expertise in order to arrive at the best decisions for your department or organization as a whole. Rather than seeing yourself as the smartest person in the room, see how you can utilise your talented HR resources to make a better-informed decision.
Don’t Use ‘Divide & Conquer’
Turning individuals and teams against each other, believing that the resulting competition will hike up performance, is one of the biggest mistakes a manager can make. In reality, this process is counter-productive as it leads to internal conflicts, creating resentment. This distracts employees from their work. Also, the resulting negative environment within your department or office adversely affects productivity, which can be detrimental to the success of the company.
A better approach is to encourage external competition instead. Encourage your employees to see themselves as a team competing against an external competitor. This will create an environment that fosters growth and harmony as employees work together for the benefit of the company.
Managers can increase their effectiveness by realising that they have limited time at their disposal and they need to dedicate their time to the most important matters. If a Manager is performing a task that could easily be carried out by an employee, then they are managing their time ineffectively.
Managers need to be able to delegate tasks that can be completed by others and focus on the more specialised tasks at hand. This makes for a more effective Management system and will increase the overall performance of their business.