The Management Blog
Tips & advice to help you improve your performance
In life, there are often no blueprints on how things should be done.
However, when it comes to being a manager, there are existing and proven management models that one can follow to improve their own performance and that of their team.
Being a leader is no easy task, and one that is not natural to many of us.
Most managers often wish there was some kind of a blueprint that they can follow that will help them make the right decisions and leading their team.
The Honey & Mumford management model has been discussed at length over the years, and it still remains one of the highest valued management models in the training and development industry. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the Honey & Mumford learning cycle today to remind us all why this management model in particular has become such an interesting model to follow.
One management model that has stood the test of time is Patrick Lencioni’s Dysfunctions Of A Team. Lencioni stated that every team has the potential to be highly dysfunctional and in order for a team to run smoothly and effectively, managers need to understand the 5 key dysfunctions that a team can succumb to in order overcome them. The short video below explains the principles behind this management model and tells you how you can use the model to improve the effectiveness of your own team. Learn More
What fuels long-term business success? Not operational excellence, technology breakthroughs, or new business models, but management innovation—new ways of mobilising talent, allocating resources, and formulating strategies.
Gary Hamel’s book, The Future of Management, outlines the fact that innovation and creativity is vital if managers are going to survive much further into the 21st century. Learn More
I’m delighted to let you know that we now have our own channel on youtube!
We’ve currently got 20 short training tips on the channel, with more being uploaded every week.
So when you need a quick dose of training in specific subjects, hop over to our MTD channel and download one of our programmes.
With subjects like The Seven Deadly Sins of Emails, Running Effective Meetings, Effective Listening Skills, How to use the 7S Model, and many more, it’s a goldmine of bite-sized information that can be viewed whenever you have a few spare moments.
Watch out for new titles every week!
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 the levels that Tannenbaum and Schmidt covered: Learn More
Appreciative Inquiry is a newer term not many of you may be familiar with. It is, in short, the act of learning about and appreciating the values that those around us have to offer.
You’ve heard the phrase “find the best in others.” That’s exactly what appreciateive inquiry is about. In business, and as a manager, it’s your responsibility to work with people until you uncover their positive traits – the traits you and your team can use and appreciate.
According to Carol Wilson, there are four main stages when it comes to appreciative inquiry. They are:
You start by discovering what you have – learning about what is working for your team right now and what could potentially change based on the traits and skills you have uncovered. You then take the time to think about (or dream up) the best possible outcome possible. After you have an idea, you have to design a plan that will bring those dreams to fruition. You then determine the destiny by figuring out exactly how your design can most naturally exist, combining both new and existing resources without upsetting the old systems.
You must evolve and emerge.
Appreciative inquiry isn’t about forcing change. It’s about learning about the traits, skills, and characteristics of your team members you didn’t realize existed and allowing them to evolve naturally into your processes – with a little encouragement, of course!