The Management Blog
Tips & advice to help you improve your performance
Managers are taught that they must always listen to their staff and pay attention to what they are saying. Staff have needs and wants that we as managers need to understand and appreciate. However, there are times when we can’t be straight and direct with people (they can’t be that way with us) because we have guidelines on how we need to interact and will often fall out with people if we told them what we REALLY think! Learn More
One manager approached her Learning and Development Director and discussed with her the misgivings she had about all the training and development being offered to her team members.
‘I know we should be offering chances for people to get better and improve’ she said. ‘But what if we spend all this money on our people and then they leave?’
According to a recent report by the World Economic Forum, it is being estimated that 57% of all jobs we have are at risk of being automated in the next five years.
Deloitte Consulting assesses seven disruptors happening today that will have a profound effect on the changes we experience and the opportunities we offer to our staff.
There are times when you face the dilemma of being asked to assist with a task or carry out a project when you simply don’t have the time to do so.
Your response to this request can have a huge impact not only on the time you have available to do your other work, but also on the relationship you have with the person asking.
If you’ve ever had issues with a team member’s performance, you will know how this issue can sometimes be difficult to discuss. Some managers say it’s easy to get someone to perform at a higher level; just tell them if they don’t improve, they’re out of here!
Have you ever carried out one of those personality profiles that categorise you into a few ‘types’ of person?
One of these discusses if you are ‘extroversion’ or ‘introversion’ in your outlook.
That is, do you appear to be an extrovert in the workplace or are you more likely to keep yourself to yourself?
Once, an old man in a village planted a tiny turnip seed and said to it ‘Grow, little turnip seed, grow big, strong and mighty’.
Well, his words must have done the trick because the turnip grew and grew, got stronger and bigger, until it was absolutely enormous.
He returned at the harvest time and decided it was the right time to pull up the turnip.
One of the fundamental human needs we have at work is the ability to control our own approach to tasks.
If we are simply ‘doing a job’, it is not surprising that our motivation will soon atrophy and die.
What is it that makes us want to do this?
Why is this aspect of autonomy so important to us?