By CAREEREALISM-Approved Expert, Andy Robinson We're swinging into the end of another year; it's a great time to think about what you'll do different or do better next year. In addition to your work goals, personal goals and family goals, consider the following "New Years Resolution" ideas - all of which should complement all of your 2010 goals. Commit to Your Learning and Personal Development This Year Make this the year you rededicate yourself to your own learning and personal development. Those who make learning and professional development a priority will create significant competitive advantage for themselves, which in the current job market and economic times, has never been more important. Reading and listening to audio tapes is THE easiest way to gain knowledge and new information. Re-Connect With and Nurture Your Contact Network Your network of business, professional and personal contacts is the most valuable and transportable asset you have...period. A properly nourished and up-to-date network can truly work wonders for your career. Make a commitment now to reconnect with your contact network and look for ways to "give" and add-value to others. Build your bank of goodwill now so there is plenty available when you need it. Make Your Health and Fitness a Top Priority Your health and fitness has four dimensions: (1) Diet and general weight control - achieved through healthy eating habits, (2) Cardiovascular health - achieved through regular cardio and aerobic exercise/activity, (3) Strong bones and optimal muscle mass - achieved through weight/strength training, and (4) Flexibility - achieved through stretching, yoga, pilates, etc. Set goals associated with all of these elements and incorporate weekly activities designed to help you achieve those goals. Commit to Focusing on the Positive Make this the year you give relentless focus on the positive without dwelling on the negative. Become a role model for a positive mindset - avoid being overly critical of others, avoid gossip, and discourage complaining. Commit to Getting Organized - At the Office and at Home Begin the year by getting rid of the clutter. Commit yourself to organizing your work space and home before the end of January. Make it a team or family effort. Say "Thank You" More Often Saying "thank you" does as much or more for you than it does for the other person. Saying "thank you" or writing a quick note of appreciation has the physical and emotional effect of "shot" positive energy. It does the same for the person receiving the message. Give this gift to yourself on a daily basis. Recognize the Performance of Others Celebrate the achievement of others whenever possible. Recognize the extra effort and positive performance of others - your team members, your colleagues, your friends and your family. LOOK for good things and you'll be amazed at how many good things you see. Get Your Personal Finances Under Control This is definitely the time for us to hunker down, reign in our spending habits, work within the framework of a budgeting system and make every effort possible to set aside as much as we can for the future. Financial control and discipline is an excellent personal and professional development opportunity right now - become an expert in these philosophies and methodologies and it will pay huge rewards for you in the long term. Write Down Your Business and Personal Goals - Review Them Weekly Write down all of your business and personal goals. Formulate them in "SMART" goal format, and for each goal, clearly identify your very next step. Schedule those steps into your planning tool(s) - your calendar, your "to do" list, etc. Review your goals weekly and update next steps accordingly. Andy Robinson: Executive Career Coach, Career Success Radio Show Host, Personal Branding Strategist, Consultant, Speaker. I help my clients love what they do for a living and achieve lasting career success. I am a 15 year executive coaching veteran and work with coaching clients nationwide. Previous experience includes over 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consulting director and human resources specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn: www.AndyOnLinkedIn.com, Twitter: www.AndyOnTwitter.com and visit my Blog Site at www.AndyRobinsonCoach.com.
January 21, 2022
Some managers can motivate you from the moment they step into a room, while others simply cannot get employees to work for them at their full potential. The real problem stands in the fact that the effective manager does need to have some traits. Failure to have them will lead to failure for the entire company.
The successful business manager needs skills and talent.
Managerial skills can easily be developed as time passes through experience, mentoring, and training. However, when referring to natural talent, this is definitely something that cannot be obtained.
Productive companies will always invest a lot of money in developing and identifying truly effective managers. If this is the type of job that you are after, you should know that the following traits are necessary.
You Must Have Great Leadership Skills
This is one crucial attribute that so many managers actually lack these days.
Most companies will promote those employees that have great individual results. The problem is that a really good salesperson will rarely be a really good manager. The true leader will always be able to inspire trust, delegate responsibility, and provide direction. A manager won't be a "leader" if they cannot perfectly perform these three tasks.
While leadership skills can be gained in time, the innately talented manager will actually be able to gain all that he or she needs to be a true leader in a short period of time. This is something that is a lot more important than what many believe at the moment. Every single successful business manager out there is a leader who takes the team he or she manages and makes it work better, faster, and more effectively.
You Need To Have A Clear Communication Strategy
It is very important for the manager to have really strong communication skills. It is not enough to show that you appreciate your employees. You need to properly highlight what you want from them so that everything can go smoothly.
The effective manager has to be able to properly decipher, understand, and then relate the vision of the organization to the employees so that productivity is maintained. If communication is ineffective, employees will not understand what the manager tells them. This can lead to so many different problems in the future, and such a chain reaction can have a devastating effect on the profit of any company.
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You Must Have The Ability To Adapt
This is something that makes him/her really effective at the job. If the manager can adapt to the circumstances that are unexpected, the entire team will achieve more success in the future. This also means that a successful manager has the necessary creative thinking skills to find a new solution to any problem that may appear.
You Need To Focus On Developing Your Team
You cannot have employees that remain still when referring to the skills that they have. Any financial blog on the internet will tell you that an effective manager will make sure that employees improve and that they become better at the job that is done.
Developing other people basically involves cultivating talents and then motivating them to channel gained talents towards increasing productivity.
You Have To Build Relationships
It's a shame to see that there are still managers who do not understand the importance of networking. A manager needs to establish good relationships with potential clients and employees. Those employees who feel they are valued will always be more effective and will put in the extra effort that can bring in better results at the end of the day.
When building a relationship with an employee, it is really important that the manager showcases empathy and trust in the ability of the team. This is something that helps everyone enjoy working under the guidance of the specific team leader. Make sure that you know as much as possible about the employees—their strong points, and their weak points.
You Need To Constantly Develop Your Skills
The effective manager is the one who knows the problems that he or she has and constantly works on solving them. Career development is a huge part of career success in this job and in any other job. You need to develop in order to be able to lead employees.
If you remain at the same level, the entire team remains at the same level. That manager that continues to grow will eventually learn how to use the above-mentioned natural talents in order to make the team work flawlessly and even encourage the employees to do the same thing.
The manager who never develops is basically bound to eventually lag behind as he or she cannot adapt to the market. This and adaptability go hand-in-hand. You cannot have one without the other.
Try to improve as much as possible with every single project that you do and always be truthful to yourself about the flaws that you have. Work on them as soon as possible and your team members will see that you put in the effort to change.
It is so much harder to be an effective manager than we think. There is this belief that you can simply learn how to be a great leader in college. This is definitely not the case. Many of the really successful managers from around the world did not have formal training. You need to be sure that you constantly grow. That is, most likely, the most important trait to have if you want to be a great leader.
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