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By lynda.com | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

The way you manage your projects and employees affects the productivity of your department—and company. Get ahead in 2014 with these tips to help you manage, motivate and resolve issues with employees and be a better manager.

1. Pick the right management style. There’s no single perfect way to manage, but there IS a management style that works best for your situation and team. Do you know how to choose the right one?

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2. Increase your persuasiveness. Develop a range of persuasive tactics to help you succeed more often, with more people, across more situations.

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3. Engage your employees. Increase employee retention and productivity by understanding the importance of—and difference between—engagement and motivation.

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4. Get clear about accountability. Chances are good that your employees prioritize their responsibilities differently than you do. Be clear about accountability to make sure everyone’s on the same page.

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5. Resolve cross-department conflict. Good managers must be able to diffuse office tensions—most of which comes from limited resources. Learn to alleviate conflict and resolve the issue at hand.

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