Category Archives for Managing

Management: 5 Mistakes You Might Be Making In Managing Your Team

As a manager one of your primary goals is to get results through others.  So what mistakes might you be making in managing your team? Not setting clear expectations Not delegating work Failing to provide challenging or motivating work for staff Focusing all of your attention on getting things done without considering the needs of […]

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Management: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself When Preparing A Report

If you are a manager you are likely to have to produce reports from time to time.  This might be a report on performance of your function, division, team or project.  Alternatively it might be a case for resources.  So what questions do you need to ask when it comes to preparing a report? Question […]

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Management: Bringing Out The Best In Others

If you are a manager or leader, you need to be able to get results through others.  There is only one of you and you cannot be brilliant at everything, even if others believe you should be. In truth, managers and leaders sometimes fall into the trap of getting the best from others. One of […]

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Management and Leadership: 5 Ways to Be More Influential

Managers and leaders need to deliver results.  The extent to which they deliver results depends on how effective they are when it comes to influencing.  You might have to influence staff, your boss, the Board, funding bodies or lenders to name just a few.  So how can you achieve better results through better influencing? Tip […]

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Delegation: 6 Myths About Delegation

As a manager or leader you probably find yourself with a lot of competing demands on your time.  You might even be struggling to deliver on your key objectives. Every manager and leader understands that they cannot possibly do everything on their own, yet many resist delegation.  In my experience part of the reason for […]

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Decision Making: 6 Steps to Better Decision Making

Decision making is a key role for any manager or leader.  Surprisingly many people struggle when it comes to taking decisions.  This might be due to: • Fear of failure • Lack of a structured approach • Procrastinating • Lack of clarity Whatever the barriers, there are 6 steps that you can follow when taking any decision. 1. Problem Definition […]

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How To Effectively Delegate

For many managers delegating effectively is one of the toughest challenges they face.  Reasons Why Managers Don’t Delegate • Don’t understand the need to delegate   • Lack confidence in team to do what they require   • Don’t know how to delegate   • Tried and failed in the past so have a built in resistance   • Like doing a […]

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Management: Keeping People Motivated

I have been running a survey recently on newsletter topics that my readers would find most helpful and motivation is a theme that is continually being highlighted. With so much uncertainty in many industries and sectors right now because of the challenging economic conditions, it is easy to see why keeping people motivated would be […]

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8 Top Tips for Motivating Staff

Ask any manager or leader about some of their key challenges and chances are that motivating staff will be on the list.  We all know that better motivated staff produce better results and are more productive.  So what are my 8 top tips? Tip 1: Give effective feedback We all like to know how we […]

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Managing versus Doing: Getting the Balance Right

One of the biggest challenges facing those taking on a management or supervisory role is finding the time to manage.  It can sometimes feel like that you have 100% of your time allocated to doing tasks and the only way to fit in the management part of the job is to do lots of unpaid […]

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