The Management Blog
Tips & advice to help you improve your performance
We are often asked whether a person should show management or leadership skills in the workplace. This uncovers a dilemma and a misunderstanding of what the two terms mean. It shouldn’t be a case of ‘which one should I show?’ It should be ‘When should I lead and when should I manage?’ Learn More
Becoming a team leader is often someone’s first experience of management responsibility. With many team leaders being promoted from within the team because they were good team members, they face a challenging time especially as they now have to manage their friends! Learn More
The words manager and leader are used interchangeably most of the time, but they are not the same.
There is a world of difference between a manager, which every single company on the planet has, and a true leader, which is fairly rare.
The most common complaint that all managers have is lack of time to focus on their responsibilities.
It’s not uncommon for leaders to be bombarded with questions and concerns the minute they walk through their office doors, and have to put out fires throughout the day.
Often on our coaching and consultancy programmes, the discussions come round to new ways of thinking; that is, what do today’s managers do that yesterday’s managers didn’t?
It’s an intriguing question and one that would fill many books with the myriads of answers that could be given.
Many old-style managers still exist out there (Lord knows I’ve worked with most of them!) and they are still making decisions, solving problems and creating plans based on the old paradigm of management.
A question for you….
What would you consider to be one of the most critical people issues facing businesses today?
Wow, that should make you stop in your tracks!
When I spend time with managers of businesses I consult with, and the subject comes round to challenges they face in everyday business, the subject of talent (or lack of it) always raises itself.
Former Marks and Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose has been appointed by the Government to lead a review into how to improve management in the NHS in England.
He will be looking at how managers can improve and become more visible in hospitals. Sir Stuart Rose has also been asked to look for ideas on how the NHS could attract and retain the best leaders. Learn More
Harry S Truman, former President of the United States is reported to have had a plaque on his desk which read, ‘The buck stops here’ sometimes referring to it in his speeches.
The point he often made is that ultimately the leader has to make the final and maybe hard decisions. Whilst this made him accountable for success it did not mean that he undertook the job alone. Learn More
I’m going to keep things short and sweet today but I’m going to ask you a hard question and I want you to think about it over the weekend.
Are you a leader?
In my experience, I’ve found that leaders do two main things – and two things only. They have the skill and determination to get things done and they have the ability to inspire and motivate those around them.
Do you get things done?
Do you motivate others?
Take some time to reflect on your performance over the past year. Did it feel like you were pulling teeth when working with your team members or were they glad to work with you? And – there’s a question right there – were they working for you or were they working with you?
So, are you really a leader? And, if not, will you become one this year?
Today’s ever changing economy means one thing – lots of change in the workplace. As a manager, you’ll be responsible for communicating changes within your organisation to your employees but you have a problem. The rumor mill is already running and most of your employees have already gotten themselves caught up in the buzz and may be worried about their jobs. So what can you do to help them stay calm and deal with change on a daily basis? Learn More
As managers we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring our team members together, allowing them to get to know each other in a laid back environment. The next time you have a team meeting, consider breaking your members into groups of 2 or 3 and giving them a series of ditloid puzzles to answer. Learn More