Management is all about connecting with the people on your team. So how do you effectively manage a team? With common knowledge, of course.
How many of you wish you could paste this statement 1,000+ times on your manager’s door/desk/forehead?
Or maybe you’ve been a manager and wish you would have read this BEFORE you were an A$% to your employees…
Before I share a list of some tips for managers, let me say this: management is not all it’s cracked up to be and here’s why:
- Salary SUCKS, especially if you’re motivated to hit goals and exceed expectations. Sure, all “salaried” positions are different I’m sure; but a salaried job that has no perks or bonuses for exceptional effort? Come on managers…
- More hours, more hours, more hours. In my time as a manager, work was something I often took home with me whether I wanted to or not. Deadlines, roll-outs, new launches, whatever – things had to be done before they were really ready to be shared with the world.
- Most managers are really in “middle management” roles; they most likely don’t have the final say. Tell me about your experience in management – I could be wrong on this one.
Now that I have that off my chest, let’s review 51 of the best tips to help managers be less “SHI@#Y”:
51 No-Brainer Tips to Avoid Sub-Par Management
- Only promise what you can realistically deliver
- Set clear goals.
- Organize a team.
- Create milestones.
- Keep communication open.
- Do it right the first time.
- Make sure expectations are clear.
- Don’t make your employees come in on days they’re normally not scheduled to work or call them while they’re on vacation.
- Don’t play favorites.
- Give credit when it’s due.
- Don’t micromanage.
- Don’t interfere with employees’ work.
- Don’t push unreasonable deadlines.
- Keep your promises.
- Reward hard work.
- Provide motivation.
- Be open to constructive criticism.
- Accept responsibility.
- Know there’s always room for improvement.
- Explain things simply.
- Instruct rather than order.
- Include your staff in your plans.
- Know your subordinates’ jobs.
- Be flexible.
- Get regular feedback.
- Get the most out of meetings.
- Focus your energy on things that matter.
- Do your least favorite tasks first.
- Make sure employees are well compensated.
- Invest in solid technology.
- Update when necessary.
- Differentiate your products.
- Remember that the customer is the boss.
- Retain customers as much as you recruit new ones.
- Provide effective channels of communication.
- Provide effective after-sales services.
- Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know.
- Don’t fight change.
- Adopt a predictive managerial style.
- Identify the positives.
- Be quick to adapt.
- Keep an eye on the competition.
- Stand up for employees.
- Get the facts first.
- Lead by example.
- Make a difference to your employees.
- Gain your employees’ trust and respect.
- Be unique as a manager.
- Remember that ethics matter above all.
- Be on the lookout for new ideas.
- Get to know your employees.
There you have it!
Which are your favorites?
Are there ways you can apply these tips even if you’re NOT in management? (ie. running an online marketing company)
What are ways you can help your current manager apply these principles without being looked down on as a “trouble maker” or “negative energy” to your company?
Nate Moller works with businesses who want to improve their online business. For over five years, hes worked with thousands of companies who are looking for answers in their online marketing journey. Follow Nate on Twitter and become a fan of Moller Marketing on Facebook!