Quick Tips 16 – 20 For First-Time Managers

Five more tips to get you thinking about how you can make your management role easier, smoother, more effective and productive! Tips 1-5 here Tips 6- 10 here Tips 11-15 here 16.  Know your time-wasters and what wastes your team’s time. 17.  Delegate some of the enjoyable tasks too! You’re the not the only one ...


What ‘should-a’ been done!

As we look back on situations, our hindsight is often sharp as a knife, we often hear ourselves, and others, say "What should-a happened was .....".  For example, when giving feedback to an employee and the employee's negative and defensive reaction was not as you expected; upon reflection you may ...


When I first became a manager…

What was it like when you first became a manager? Please share your experiences by adding a comment! Subscribe to get your free Management Success Skills eBook ...


Actually, it’s NOT all about you!

At some point during training and coaching managers, I hear: ➤ "My time is so consumed by resolving problems and issues which my staff should be able to do on their own." ➤ "I'm sick of wasting my time having to tell my team what to do, when they should already know." ➤ ...


I was asked, “What makes a great leader?”

In late 2010, I guest blogged on my good friend Ash's Inspiration Zone site.  I thought I'd share a version of it here too: So what does make a great leader? Great question!  To give a concise answer is impossible. Theories, seminars, textbooks, scientists, sociologists, management thinkers, under graduate and post graduate ...


The ONE Training Question

In a recent online discussion, I was observing the seemingly impossible question of what would be the ONE training that all companies should deliver to their employees. Initially, I thought that it was a ridiculous question to ask the ONE training that all employees should receive because I went into [pompous] ...


5 More Quick Tips for First-Time Managers

These tips are designed to get you thinking about your new role as a manager. The first 5 tips are here and the next 5 are here 11. What are you managing? Who are you leading? Think about it. 12. New to managing, be aware that your role means shifting ...


Recruiting For Your Own Team: Start the Short Listing The Right Way

As the manager of your team, group or department, do you have to do your own recruitment?  While the HR department, if your organisation has one, may or may not assist, there are things you can do to improve the short listing and as such give yourself a better chance ...


Woohoo, I got the promotion… so now what do I do?

Have you just / recently been promoted into (or accepted) your first ever management role? Have you found that you might need a little bit of help to transition smoothly, but, and you knew there was a ‘but’ coming, if you ask your boss for training or coaching you fear ...


5 More Quick Tips for First-Time Managers

The first 5 quick tips are here 6.  Annual performance reviews should not be a scary, one-way diatribe. 7.  Leadership should be considered a verb not a noun. Think about it. 8.  Encourage the team to problem solve rather than you always solving the problems for them. 9.  Do all your team / employees ...


Quality Feedback

I believe there is an art to giving feedback. Right at the moment we need to give some feedback often the last thing we're thinking of is how we would feel if we recieved this information in the way it is being delivered.  I'm not really a betting gal... BUT I bet ...


Motivation at the start of 2011

Whatever the 1st of January does... I like it!  I have a renewed view and enthusiasm for the world.  Maybe it's the fireworks the night before which bring out collective cheers and squeals of joy that uplift me.  Maybe it's the goodbye of the year that was giving me a ...


Sad but true… why?

A friend sent me the following email 'joke' (original author unknown).  The subject line was 'So sad, but so true'. Have a read through the 'joke' and let me know your response to the questions I've added below: 1.  Is your first reaction, "Yes, it is sad and oh so true"? ...


Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk….LISTEN!

One big complaint across many companies is lack of communication; consider what you can do to improve communication in, around and through your team. Listening is a part of communication, and it is one action, when implemented, where managers can really make a difference. How do you feel when someone doesn't listen ...


Mario and Manager Objective

"My objective as a manager, of course, is to remove the obstacles that prohibit greatness in the people I've hired."** What does this statement say to you? Should all managers have an over-arching objective like Mario does? What action/s does this statement inspire in you? **Quote by Mario Batali, interview in HBR May 2010, ...


Delegation is not a dirty word.

Delegation does not mean giving away your power; it EMpowers others, can help you in your work, helps succession planning… consider delegation as your friend. It fascinates me how threatened some people are by the idea of delegating; thinking that if they give more work to others then the manager will ...


Great Expectations? No, just plain & clear ones, please!

Employees want to be told how they are going and what is expected of them. Have you ever thought to yourself, "Why don't my managers just do what's expected?" or "I wish I knew what my boss wanted from me?" Well, quite simply, it's most likely because expectations have not been articulated or articulated clearly! Of ...


5 Quick Tips for First-Time Managers

1. Employees want to be told how they are going and what is expected of them. 2. One big complaint across many companies is lack of communication; consider what you can do to improve communication in, around and through your team. 3.  Delegation does not mean giving away your power; it EMpowers ...


Managing for the First Time

Have you employed or promoted someone to his or her first time in a managerial role?  Are you in a managerial role for the first time?  Here are some quick tips for the first-time manager! F Feedback   Feedback, both positive and constructive, can be quite token and unhelpful if it ...


When is a 1 hour meeting a 6 hour meeting?

Think about the following: When you have a 1 hour meeting involving 6 people you are having a 6 hour meeting! How does this work? Quite simply, you add up the 1 hour each person has invested in that meeting = 6 hours! Now you can see the real time invested in the ...


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