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How To Be A Better Manager F John Reh Aboutcom Need For Good Managers Increasing The need for good managers is not going away It is intensifying With flatter organizations and self directed teams becoming common with personal computers and networks making information available to more people more quickly the raw number of managers needed is decreasing However the need for good managers people who can manage themselves and others in a high stress environment is increasing I believe anyone can be a good manager It is as much trainable skill as it is inherent ability as much science as art Here are some things that make you a better manager As a person 0n the job You have confidence in yourself and your abilities You are happy with who you are but you are still learning and getting better You are something of an extrovert You don t have to be the life of the party but you can t be a wallflower Management is a people skill it s not the job for someone who doesn t enjoy people You are honest and straight forward Your success depends heavily on the trust of others You are an includer not an excluder You bring others into what you do You don t exclude other because they lack certain attributes You have a presence Managers must lead Effective leaders have a quality about them that makes people notice when they enter a room You are consistent but not rigid dependable but can change your mind You make decisions but easily accept input from others You are a little bit crazy You think out of the box You try new things and if they fail you admit the mistake but don t apologize for having tried You are not afraid to do the math You make plans and schedules and work toward them You are nimble and can change plans quickly but you are not flighty You see information as a tool to be used not as power to be hoarded Take a look at yourself against this list Find the places where you can improve and then get going And if you need help remember that39s what this site is all about Helping new managers get started and experienced managers get better Ten Things To Do Today To Be A Better Manager 1 Select the best people As a manager you are only as good as the people on your team Give yourself a better chance to succeed by picking the best people from the start 2 Be a motivator Human beings do things because we want to Sometimes we want to because the consequences of not wanting to do something are unpleasant However most of the time we want to do things because of what we get out of it It39s no different at work people do good work for the pay or the prestige or the recognition They do bad work because they want to take it easy and still get paid They work really hard because they want to impress someone To motivate your people better figure out what they want and how you can give that to them for doing what you want them to do Here are some ideas 3 Build Your Team It is not enough that people are motivated to succeed at work They have to work together as a team to accomplish the group39s objective After all if we just want them to all quotdo their own thingquot we don39t need you as a manager to mold them into a team do we Here are some ways to improve your team building skills 4 Be a Leader Not Only a Manager You have built the best team from the best employee available You motivated them to peak performance What is missing Motivating a team is worthless unless you provide direction unless you turn that motivation toward a goal and lead the team to it It is the ability to lead others that truly sets a manager apart from their peers Remember that leaders are found at all levels of the organization so be one Here are a couple of examples one good and one bad 5 Improve as a Communicator Communication may be the single most important skill of a manager After all all the others depend on it You can39t be a leader if you can39t communicate your vision You can39t motivate people if they can39t understand what you want Communication skills can be improved through practice Here are two exercises you can use to improve your ability to communicate effectively 6 Get Better At Managing Money To stay in business a company has to make money That means bringing money in the door and it means spending less than you bring in Depending on your function in the organization you may have more influence on one area or the other but you need to understand both You can help your company your employees and yourself be getting better at managing the company39s money Don39t be put off by the numbers or by the fact that quotit39s mathquot Start learning more about money management by reading these articles 7 Get Better at Managing Time The one thing you will probably have less of at work than money is time The better you get at managing time yours and others the more effective you will be as a manager Here are two key skills 8 Improve Yourself Don39t focus so hard on your people that you forget about yourself Identify the areas in which you are weak and improve them The fact that you are reading this article shows you understand the concept You need to put it into practice 9 Practice Ethical Management Enron like scandals have really driven home the point about how important ethics is in business If you want to avoid similar mistakes here are some things to consider 10 Take a Break You are less effective as a manager if you are over stressed You are less tolerant You snap at people more No one wants to be anywhere near you Take a break Give yourself a chance to relax and recharge your batteries Your increased productivity when you return will more than make up for the time you take off Have a good laugh or go lie on a beach somewhere Bottom Line Management is a skill that can be learned You can improve as a manager by working every day to get better Bookmark this page and come back every day for the next two weeks If you pick one subject each day and work on improving in that area you will be a better manager before you know it And others will notice it too
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