First time management can be a nerve-wracking step, especially when remembering the various managers you’ve worked with yourself over the years. We’ve put together five tips to make business run smoothly and usefully for everyone.
1) Clear Objectives
Knowing and communicating exactly what results you want you and your team to achieve is one of the most helpful habits you can get into. It saves time, effort, money, and frustration – all things you’ll be glad to save yourself in the working environment.
2) Clear Communication
Listening just as much as talking is a given, but ensuring in each of your conversations that you have both fully articulated your points and wholly understood each other is also critical. Don’t be afraid to clarify and ask questions, and always make time to listen.
3) Support Structures
Things go wrong; that’s how life is. If you’ve thought ahead and planned other routes or other methods, you’ll minimise the time spent floundering if caught out. Do the same for your team – the knowledge that there might be alternatives provides a sense of security.
4) Know Your Stuff
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It’s basic, but it’s true. Do your research, understand your field and the territory of your team. Know the challenges and the intricacies of what you’re dealing with. You might be one of those people who can bluff their way through life, but the second somebody works out what you’re doing, trust is irrecoverably lost.
This might seem the most difficult to attain, but we don’t mean that you need to replace your walk with a constant strut – having carefully considered the above four points and any other specifics in your own environment, try to be confident that you are prepared for the challenges ahead.
There are of course thousands of management tips and tricks out there for you to find, evaluate, and maybe adopt – we’ve tried to keep our five simple and clear in the hope that they’ll be of use in the workplace. We really can’t stress enough our point about listening – the old adage about the implications of having two ears and only one mouth is still just as relevant!
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