Leading people is an ongoing journey. It’s not as simple as training staff, then giving them free reign. And, today’s managers are time-poor and often lack resources. So, the environment is slightly fractured.
Managers need to balance the important day-to-day tasks with the bigger, visionary stuff (also vital, but less pressing in busy offices). The manager’s role has never been more critical than now.
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So, how do we dedicate time to our talent when our to-do list is already full?
Focus on these seven points.
Identify and define the need
What has changed in your team over the recent years? What’s the current environment? Explore internal and external issues. Consider alternative ways to get the work done.
Select and engage
Think carefully about which bum you put in the seat. Don’t just recruit for the sake of it. If you do it right, the new employee will ease your workload. Tick’s profiling tools come in handy not just with your current people, but also during the hiring process. Determine which ‘bird type’ you’re looking for, then implement it into your recruitment process (so it’s more than just determining a person on-paper).
Be clear about your expectations and job requirements. It sets the scene for what their time will be like working for you. Create an open, welcoming space for your team to express their needs and desires. Remember, everyone is different and not every team member will feel comfortable being vulnerable in front of a group (hi, Doves!)
Understand and develop skills and knowledge
Dedicate a certain amount of time to training and improvement. Share knowledge and build a team environment. Again, people LEARN in their own ways, based on their personalities (bird types). Keep this in mind as you’re crafting these sessions.
Provide and receive feedback
Be observant of stress and work/life balance. Talk to your team about what they value in their job. But go beyond this and connect the dots once you know their bird type. An Eagle, for example, will be intrinsically motivated by power in their role, more than a Peacock (who wants to be the one ‘everyone likes).
Manage the work environment
Look out for warning signs. Encourage staff to take their leave. Many employees leave a company due to poor management. Promote transparency and encourage everyone to speak their mind.
Grow and extend careers
Provide each member of your team the chance to evolve into their own version of success. To do this, you need to know the psychology of your people.
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