Join Britt Andreatta for an in-depth discussion in this video Final advice, part of Management Foundations (2013).
Wow, I told you management was a juggling act. Between managing people, their performance and the business you have a lot to do, but your organization has confidence in you otherwise they would not have given you this responsibility. Management is definitely something where you learn on the job, so take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and dive in. As you grow and learn as a manager you’ll get better at each of the skills we’ve covered in this course. Since being a manager takes a lot of time and energy let’s talk about my favorite strategies for keeping you at your best.
First, it’s important to find ways to pace yourself. It takes time to develop your competency as a manager, and it won’t happen overnight. Review the assessment you filled out, and design a professional development plan. If you focus on one new skill per month you can accomplish a lot in a year. Second, take care of yourself so that you’re in good shape to manage others. This means both physically and emotionally. In my course Leadership Fundamentals, I go into depth about the key practices of sustained ability and resilience.
You need to be tending to both. Third, build a network of other managers. It can be really helpful if you have peers, both inside and outside your organization whom you can turn to for support. Managing can be challenging, and you need confidants whom you can trust, and who can also share their experiences. I also recommend that you have a mentor. This person should hold a position you aspire to have some day, and who’s willing to provide advice and guidance. Finally, remember that your people are the ultimate reflection of your skills as a manager.
Their successes are yours, so invest in motivating and engaging them, and helping them reach their highest potential. This will not only help the organization achieve its goals, but will demonstrate that you’re ready for higher levels of opportunity. In the exercise files I share a list of recommendations so you can further enhance your learning on management. You’ve already done a lot of great work by watching this course and using these practices, so keep going you’re on the right track. I look forward to seeing you in my next course.
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- Choosing a management style
- Hiring employees
- Coaching employees
- Managing team performance
- Establishing trust
- Motivating and engaging others
- Delegating responsibilities
- Avoiding micromanagement
- Managing remote employees
- Knowing HR regulations<br><br>
- The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.