Commonsense Tips for Managing People

As Albert Schweitzer once said, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”  Anybody who has every brought up children or even raised animals will support this statement.  Most people learn by the best way the can —mimicking.

Here are some commonsense tips to get others to do what you want them to do!

You set the standard: Or as it is often said ‘Do not expect others to do what you do not do yourself'. Work as hard, or harder, than you expect your employees to work.  This could mean knowing more, putting in more effort when you are on the job, being punctual — everything that you demand of those who report to you.
Be an effective communicator: Communicate in a straightforward manner so that people learn to trust you.  Communicate the good as well as the bad.  Good communication and interpersonal skills are critical in managing people.

Be authentic, be real: What you see is what you get.  People can easily see through any façade you may try to put on.  Being genuine yourself will inspire others to honesty and integrity.  Accept your faults and shortcomings.

Help others climb: Let others know that you are not trying to hog the limelight.  Show them that you are ready to give them a hand up and shine as well.

Management by walking around (or MBWA): Show people that you are accessible and approachable, but draw that subtle line so that they don't perceive themselves as equals.  After all, you are the business owner and therefore the leader.
Fight for them: Show them that they are not alone in their professional struggle.  Show them that you are willing to help them pull that oar.
Listen, then pass judgment: This will help you to be fair, and you will not need to take back what you have said.

Work constantly at honing your communication and conflict resolution skills.  These commonsense tips will help you set up and keep a cohesive, productive team. 

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