Five Things You Need To Know About Business Management
Do you want to become a better business manager? If you would like to start working on managing your business effectively you need to define your management style. Here are some tips to help you become a better manager:
1. Define Your Expectations
Make sure that everyone around you knows what you expect. In your home life, does your spouse know that you want to have dinner at a certain time? When you fail to communicate small orders of business, resentment and mistrust can creep in. If you both plan on different dinner plans that include each other, you can find yourself arguing by the end of the night. So let your expectations be known early on to avoid hassles.
2. Think Outside Of The Box
The book "Leadership And Self Deception" teaches about this principle. Many of us put ourselves before others. We set ourselves on a pedestal to have the wisest ideas and the best tastes. The problem is, not everyone has the best tastes or choices. We need to keep in mind the feelings of others and be able to walk in their shoes. We need to try to lift other people up and accept their ideas before mocking them. Quick judgment can be detrimental to both relationships and business.
There are so many different personalities in each company that you need to figure out how to handle them all.
- There are the hot heads that are quick to temper. They are often called "volatile" in business because their mood is up and down.
- There are those who get emotional easily, which can cause embarrassment or an awkward moment.
- There are the even-keeled employees who are not easy to upset. Make sure to keep some of these as your advisors, for they come in handy when an emergency arises.
Deal with all of the personalities with a good HR director and a patient stride. Many times, if you hear someone out, that is all they need. Be sure to exert your authority when necessary, though.
Emailing can become an annoyance when it is used for the wrong purposes. Sometimes you email someone with a question, and that gets forwarded on and on, making you look bad. The forwarding may be an act of innocence, but it can cause real problems. Recently a man asked how to spell a colleague's name over email. His message was forwarded on several times until much of the company had the email, including the subject. It became embarrassing for the original sender.
So encrypt emails so that they cannot be forwarded on when they are to be kept private. If your message includes any kind of gossip or harmful information, share it in private, in person. It is better to never write down those things that you would hate for others to see
Communicate the need to keep certain things private. Sometimes this is all the precautionary action you need to take. As humans, we like to share, though, so it may become a problem.
5. Employee Involvement
It is important to get the involvement of everyone on your team. That is why certain people are assigned to certain teams, after all. In meetings, if people are not speaking up, make sure to talk to them directly afterward. Just a couple of choice words can help to pull someone out of their shell. It can be intimidating to speak up in front of esteemed colleagues.
Let shy employees know that you care about them and that you would love to hear about their ideas. This can create openness to communication. Begin brainstorming sessions for new ideas with a repeated disclaimer. All may share their thoughts without judgment. This keeps the forum open for more ideas to be laid out and picked through. With more idea options there is more of an opportunity to make the very best decision.