Making Effective Decisions For Your Team

Problem-solving and decision-making are two of the most effective skills you can develop as a manager. When you think about it, what are you doing most of the day, other than solving problems and making decisions? So what parameters might you be working under and how can you start making effective decisions with your team?

Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions Of A Team

One of the most interesting models of team effectiveness was developed by Patrick Lencioni (2005). According to him, all teams have the potential to be dysfunctional. To improve the functioning of a team, it is critical to understand the type and level of dysfunction. Similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory (1954), there are five[…..]

How To Think Outside The Box In Business

As a manager, we are often asked to think ‘outside the box’ to find answers to questions that stump us. The question I often ask is ‘how do I think outside the box?’ Well, I came across an interesting study recently by Hudson (1967), who studied thinking in schools and concluded that there were two[…..]

How To Generate Creative Ideas Through Brainstorming

This is a great idea if you want to generate ideas quickly. It encourages divergent thinking among your team, as they collectively address issues facing your company. Here are some steps you can take to ensure it works effectively:

Using The Tannenbaum and Schmidt Leadership Continuum

The Tannenbaum and Schmidt Continuum levels help us determine at what levels we should delegate authority to our team members. It all depends on their aptitude, competency and motivation, but if we get the level of delegation right, we can achieve great results and encourage our team members to take on more responsibilities. Here are[…..]

Focus On Results Not Activity

What’s your main purpose in managing? After many years of deliberation, I believe it comes down to one main thing: the results or outcomes you achieve. Many managers we meet put a lot of emphasis on the activity they and their teams carry out. This is all well and good, but what, exactly, are you[…..]

Why Consistency Is Crucial To Your Management Success

On a recent management course we were running, the discussion revolved around the key skills managers need to make an impact in today’s working environment. One delegate suggested consistency in approach. But another delegate thought it would stifle creativity if a manager tried to be consistent. I thought about this and have come up with[…..]

The Principle That Sets Top Managers Apart

One thing that differentiates average managers from the really successful ones is their devotion to excellence. When we ask managers how committed they are to excellence in their role, the majority tell us that they are ‘very’ or ‘totally’. But when we probe a little further and ask what they specifically do to show excellence[…..]

Eight Steps to Change Management

John Kotter’s book ‘A Force for Change’ highlighted some key areas that help us to identify why change can fail and what to do about it. He suggests there are a number of reasons why many change initiatives fail, and they include: