The Management Blog
Tips & advice to help you improve your performance
Solving team problems is a key skill for you as a manager to develop. They will be looking to you for guidance when problems occur, following your example and following your direction, especially if there are areas that they have no control over. Learn More
I found the article about workers’ health this week really interesting. A new study has found that office workers in England significantly increased their chances of having a heart attack by working more hours than their peers.
The study, conducted by researchers at University College London, found that employees who regularly worked 11-hour days or longer were 67 percent more likely to develop heart disease than those who worked seven- or eight-hour days.
One U.S. expert said many factors could account for the rise in risk among those tied too long to the office. Learn More
On our Management Open Courses, we often find the most interesting discussions revolve around the section on Leadership styles, because many people have heard about them but haven’t really learned enough about them to build their knowledge and awareness of how to change styles when necessary.
By building emotional intelligence, it is possible to decide how to deal with stressful scenarios without losing your self-control.
Stress is often something driven from outside influences, so the way to deal with it is often through understanding how you react to stress and deciding what you want from the situation. Learn More
The only way to lay the foundtion for success in your and your team’s future is by constant commitment to continual learning and development in your field of expertise and beyond.
But how can you encourage all your team to be their best and spend time on this most vital of skill development?
Here are some tips to enable you to be on top of your game and motivate others to share that philosophy too:
1) Encourage your team to value, pursue and utilise knowledge, skills and new technologies: Most of what you learned five years ago is now out of date. If you don’t continually learn new ideas, you fall behind those who do.
2) Take advantage of any in-company training programmes, night classes, university lunch and learns and professional organisations’ educational offerings. Look on their websites to keep aware of what is being offered. Contact your local college and see what new stuff they are teaching, either for free or low-cost.
3) Subscribe to newsletters, magazines, ezines and communications that are in your field. Copy snippets to read later when you have time.
4) Network with affiliates and colleagues in your field and keep them up to date with new ideas in your field, so they will do the same for you.
5) Survey and visit customers to find out current and future needs that your business can supply.
6) Watch your competition for new products and services they are developing so that you are up to speed with what is going on in your industry
7) Borrow, buy or start a library of business and personal development CDs. Share these around the team, learn from them, then have 10 minutes sessions updating each other with what you have learned in your spare time or on your way to work in the car or on the train.
8 ) Become ‘industry-watchers’ so you can, as a team, develop knowledge of the latest developments in your fields, and so share that expertise throughout the department.
There are many ways to become expert in your field, and a commitment to continual learning and development is just the start.
Communication barriers exist all around us. Misinterpretations abound in our discussions with team members. We delete, distort and generalise information in every conversation. And yet we think we clearly understand what others are saying and why they are saying it.
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