The recent news headlines are filled with information on the government’s impending sequestration. Without an approved budget from Congress, there will be forced cuts to many governmentally-funded programs. Because of these cuts, thousands of federal employees may be facing furloughs that could last for up to a year. In the unfortunate event that you will be impacted by a furlough, take these steps now to prepare accordingly: 1. Figure out your budget and determine essential and non-essential items. In some cases, federal employees have already received notification that sequestration will result in a four-day work week. A 20 percent decrease in pay could mean that you’ll need to really watch your spending on those non-essential items and instead focus on essential housing, food, and transportation costs. Your budget doesn’t need to be an accountant-worthy document, but you should analyze your adjusted take home pay with the decrease and your set monthly expenses. Don’t forget to include expenses that may only occur one or two times a year, like insurance. 2. Identify opportunities for making up the shortfall caused by the furlough. After you have completed your budget analysis, you may realize that you need to find some additional work to make up the difference and still live comfortably. Lots of full-time professionals also work in part-time positions in the evenings and on weekends. With your new schedule, you’ll have at least one full work day that you could devote to a second job. Perhaps your skills allow you to pursue some freelance or consulting work on a temporary basis. Start networking with your colleagues who work in the private sector and see if such an opportunity exists. You may also consider taking your skills online by using sites like Elance or oDesk. 3. If your finances can sustain the decrease in income, consider how you will use your extra time. Pursue continuing education opportunities on your own or through formalized programs at your local community college. Often times, these courses are relatively inexpensive and they will allow you to keep your skills fresh during your down time. There may also be online training courses through professional associations or an online provider like Coursera. 4. Pursue your passion. If continuing education isn’t your cup of tea, find out if there are volunteer opportunities that align with your interests, hobbies, and so on. Most non-profit organizations are in need of volunteers, so reach out to a group that shares your values. You may be surprised by how willing they are to get you involved in projects. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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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This article was originally published at an earlier date.