3 Management Techniques to Try this Week

March 10, 2014 at 6:00 AM by Kathleen de Lara

mangement successCongratulations. You’ve managed to attract and hire the best talent for your open opportunities.

Although high-fives and back-pats are in order, how can you tell that your management style hasn’t yet reached a plateau of staggered success? Achieving a goal is something to be proud of, but the ability to adapt as a leader and continually surpass expectations is even more noteworthy.

Give these management techniques a shot for the week, observe your team, and by Friday, we swear you’ll feel even the slightest bit more riled up to drive the rest of the squad to success.

Give ‘em some slack to work with.

Say it with us: Nobody likes a micromanager. If you hire someone you expect to be great, allow them the creative space to do so. Being a leader who constantly checks in on a project hinders the development and progression of the task at hand, as well as the employees who've been given the chance to prove their commitment to responsibility. Get out of the way, encourage talent to succeed, and let the magic happen.

Encourage weekly meetings in the style of an open forum.

With boundaries, of course. Ilan Mochari’s Inc.com article discusses providing a safe space for informal leaders to speak frankly and freely with the goal of improving the overall cultural well-being of a company. According to Mochari, these leaders take a different approach to molding a company’s culture purely because of the absence of formal authority or power tied to their titles. Their experience and influence is enough to impact the way the ship is run.

Instill a sense of collaboration, not hierarchy, within your team to promote a sense of cohesiveness, support, and transparency, improving overall productivity. Set aside time each week to specifically go over any hitches in each members’ road to completing a goal. What was the goal? What went wrong? How can the process be changed for next time? These three simple questions are straightforward and help directly allocate the issue to its cause(s).

Have a little heart and get a calendar.

Before you let the employee-boss relationship blur your judgment, remember at the end of the day, people are people — complete with birthdays, families, and even plans for the weekend. Get to know your team on a personal level to build a professional relationship that goes past assignments and deadlines. Wish them a happy birthday, ask about the trip to Tahoe last weekend, or go out for a one-on-one lunch just to shoot the breeze. Showing that you care about your employees' welfare makes it clear that you’re invested in more than just what they can help your company achieve. You’re interested in helping to develop what they hope to achieve. Team members who feel taken care of are likely to do the same, which is reflective in their work and the company’s success.

What kinds of unconventional managing techniques do you use that you think will work for others? Tweet at us @Entelo or send us a comment below!

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