The Management Blog
Tips & advice to help you improve your performance
What exactly is a mentor in business these days? Mentoring at work is an effective way of helping people to progress further in their chosen careers. It is a partnership between two people, the mentor and the mentee. Usually, the two people work in a similar field or share similar experiences. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust, respect and understanding.
Many managers tell me that they want to get closer to their staff to motivate them and keep them enthusiastic in their jobs, but they lack the social skills to determine how best to do it.
Some express the concern that they feel isolated from their teams, even though they might actually be working in the same office.
Where is the biggest challenge in business today?
Where are we least effective in combatting it?
You may be surprised that the answer to both questions is the same! The fact is that poor communication from the top down in an organisation is the biggest threat to progress and development within business.
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?’ Learn More
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!