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How to Be a Great Manager

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, March 02, 2020
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The flames of burnout can turn any employee into a crispy critter. However, managers who work on their connection skills with employees are the best resources for getting and keeping good employees. Enjoy this guest post and a very helpful infographic. In fact, print out the infographic, laminate it and keep it where you can see it!

Managing isn’t easy. Managers control the most valuable asset of any company: the employees.

Nurturing a successful team from the start can help you grow employee engagement and customer loyalty for the long haul. A recent study found that 60% of employees who were recognized for their performance increased their engagement. In short, managers shouldn’t be afraid to compliment their team members and thank them for their hard work!

Another study showed that 56% of employees would turn down a 10 percent raise to stay with a great boss. Remember that employees don’t leave companies; they leave managers.

Fundera created a comprehensive guide on how to be a great manager.

7 Easy Ways to Become a Better Manager

1. Onboard Successfully

Giving your team the tools and strategies to exceed expectations will increase ROI and motivate your team to do their best work. Follow the four Cs of successful onboarding: Compliance, clarification, culture, and connection. These will set you apart from the 80% of companies that don’t conduct proper onboarding at a strategic level.

2. Improve Time Management

You should focus on shoring up your own time management skills before you guide your team in completing their projects on time. Know your goals and what you can realistically complete. Spend time prioritizing your tasks, organizing, and knowing time is your friend, not the enemy.

3. Communicate Effectively

Clearly set the tone for what you want to get across, repeat as needed, create a dialogue, and always check for understanding. Encourage feedback and listen to any questions or concerns that arise. This will leave less room for miscommunications.

4. Motivate and Inspire Your Team

First, demonstrate that you have faith in your team members’ abilities to get the job done! (That includes not micromanaging every task.) Show your team that their work matters and explain how it benefits the company. Last but not least, always include your team in big decisions.

5. Lead by Example

Monkey see, monkey do.It’s in our blood to mimic those around us to fit in. You’ve likely taken cues from your boss. No doubt, your team will also take cues from you. Be sure to watch what you say, respect the chain of command, listen to the team, take responsibility, and let the team do their own thing.

6. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based. This helps ensure your team is motivated and inspired to reach new heights without feeling overwhelmed. Know what you want the team to achieve, set goals, push for innovation, set deadlines, help when asked, track insights, and learn from mistakes.

7. Be Consistent

Consistency provides discipline, and discipline nurtures success. Of course, you’ll want to try new things to see what works best. However, once you figure out what works best, run with it!

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Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

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