Management: 6 Simple Tips For New Managers
All managers have a first day in the job. And it is never easy! So here are some tips to help you on your way;
- Understand your organization; its rules and culture. Your team is part of a wider organization and you need to understand that wider context. How do people behave – what are the rules (written and unwritten)? Spend some time finding out and talk to your HR department about what they expect of you as a manager
- Understand the work requirement. What are you there to do and by when do you have to do it? Be clear about the objectives of your own manager and their expectations of you. If you don’t have anything written down yet, try to agree a time to do that. What do your team, and each member of it, think they are there to do? Does it line up with what the organization needs and the team objectives?
- Be consistent – firm but fair. Don’t have favorites and treat everyone in the same way. Try to be consistent in how you behave – don’t let your bad mood or your “off day” be reflected in how you behave. If you do it will confuse and de-motivate your team. Above all reward or penalize the same things over time. Do your team understand the standards set for their work? Does your behavior reflect them?
- Kindness goes a very long way – kindness engenders kindness – show and encourage appreciation. Being kind doesn’t mean you become a “soft” manager that people can take advantage of. Kindness is an extension of being fair. Do you treat people as you, yourself, would like to be treated? You will be surprised what a difference to your life as a manager it will make when you have your team’s support. Kindness will help gain you that support.
- Work on you own confidence – confidence inspires others. Learn how to look and sound confident even when you don’t feel it. This will hep your team to feel more secure and able to give their best work. Do you have a problem maintaining your feelings of confidence? If so work with a coach to learn some techniques to help – my contact details are below.
- Learn to make quick and effective decisions – dithering bosses lose the confidence of their teams. Do you know how to identify relevant information quickly and then to weigh evidence to help you make a decision. Be willing to take risks – making decisions means being prepared sometimes to take a risk. Giving someone the benefit of the doubt or even delegating effectively requires you to take risks. Do you understand risk and how to take it? Learn about risk and how evaluate how much of it you are taking and how to manage the consequences. At the end of the day, as the manager, you “carry the can” and that is something that good managers learn to live with.
I am sure you will be a first class manager. It isn’t easy but it can be immensely rewarding. Good Luck. If you would like my help, please get in touch
Wendy is the Happiness Coach and author of The Wolf Project and a new novel, Blood Brothers, to be published in Summer 2013. As a life and career coach and blogger, she helps people reach their goals and aspirations. As a novelist she hopes to entertain. Oh and she writes poetry too! To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.
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