The Management Blog
Tips & advice to help you improve your performance
Despite what television commercials would have you believe, depression is relatively common. The difference is that the majority of the population experiences some sort of situational depression (due to a relationship, illness, death, job issue, etc) and then works past it. Some need professional help and others do not. Others have hormonal imbalances that cause them to become depressed and, in many cases, seek regular medical attention. Learn More
The tasking of interviewing potential new employees is a daunting process all by itself, but sometimes we forget about the process that comes before it – sorting through resumes.
Now let me clarify one point first. The online world is wonderful when it comes to making job postings public. Whereas we were once limited to word of mouth and print advertisements, online job boards give us the opportunity to extend our reach to areas we may not have been able to make contact in before. Learn More
Having a vision is important, regardless of your position within an organisation.
Your vision is your dream for your self, your team, or your organisation as a whole.
Here’s the problem, though. I’ve met dozens of people with great visions, but none of them had any idea how they would make those visions into a reality.
They had no strategy in mind. If your vision is your dream, then your strategy is your action plan. It’s the roadmap you create for yourself. If you follow that roadmap, your dreams will come true.
So you want to be the top selling sales team within the organisation?
What stragety will you devise in order to help your team members achieve that goal?
You want to have the best customer service reputation in the industry?
What will you do to help your team members be the best that they can be?
Once you have a strategy in mind, you’ll need to implement some specific tactics.
The tactics you use are the actual actions you take to make your dreams come true.
You’re no longer dreaming or thinking – you’re doing.
You will get up in the morning, you will go into the office, you will have a planning meeting, and you will continue by doing xyz. Get it?
Visions are dreams. Strategies are road maps.
Tactics are action. Take action. Whether that means becoming a better manager or achieving some other great goal. J
ust do it.
Have you been struggling with the concept of leadership lately? Are you unsure of how you should best blend your management responsibilities with your desire to be a leader to your team? Today I’d like to share 7 tips you can use to help enhance your leadership skills while maintaining your status as a strong manager.
Interpersonal skills and communication skills go hand in hand but are not the same thing. Communication skills involve your ability to convey an idea, but your interpersonal skills convey your ability to do such in a manner that is appealing.
I have met very few people who were not nervous about public speaking – especially the first time they were faced with the concept of standing up before a crowd to talk. Some get over it and enjoy future speaking engagements while others simply remain nervous and frazzled every single time. Learn More
As much as you want to believe you’re a super-manager, the truth is that you probably aren’t. Now, don’t take that the wrong way. Most of us, believe it or not, are not stellar when it comes to multi-tasking. The real truth is that it is important to take a look at your performance and really understand whether or not you are part of the 2.5% of society (yea, that’s right – just 2.5%) that can multi-task, or if you are part of the 97.5% of society that really isnt’ very good at it. The latter seems a bit more likely, doesn’t it?
What does this mean to you?
It means most of us really aren’t as good at writing an email while talking on the phone as we think.
It means most of us should not be having conversations on the phone while driving – at all – even though we think we’re in control.
It simply means we shouldn’t attempt to do so many things at the same exact time.
Studies have shown that those who multi-task have lower performance levels when their work is evaluated. Meaning each project is considered average, and sometimes sub-par. People who turn in projects they’ve finished one at a time, or that they worked on in small chunks of time that were not dedicated to anything else, did very well with their work projects.
So what are you going to do with your schedule today? Are you going to sit at your desk and try to plan a meeting, read your emails, and double check a report at the same time? Or are you going to dedicate specific amounts of time to each and leave the others alone?
Remember, you don’t have to finish every project before you move on to the next – but you have to alot dedicated time to it without focusing on anything else. That’s when you’ll get true results.