Congratulations on your engagement! Getting married is exciting and magical! The planning of the wedding is… less so. There are so many details to figure out! There are so many different criteria that must be met! Trying to figure out the protocol for dozens of different situations (do your really have to invite your Grandmother’s church group?) can be really frustrating! One of the hardest things to figure out is what to do about your co-workers. You spend forty (or more) hours with them a week. This means that you spend most of your awake time with them… but do you really have to invite everybody to your wedding? The good news is that this is a decision that you have to make early on so you don’t need to worry about it plaguing you for months during the wedding planning process. You need to decide early on because it will affect how how many of your summer wedding invitations that you need to have printed up and sent out. If you’re planning on keeping the wedding as small as possible, this alleviates the burden of having to invite co-workers or your boss. You can simply spread the word that the wedding is limited to family and very close friends only. To avoid hurt feelings you need to either invite everybody at work or nobody from work. Even if you are very close to a few of your co-workers it’s best to keep the work invites an all-or-nothing situation. If you hate the idea of doing an all or nothing invite rule, consider the following trend: invite only your closest friends with work—but only if they are not directly above you or below you. No bosses or assistants/team members/underlings. This way you don’t worry about your boss seeing you in a potentially embarrassing situation or looking like a suck up. You also won’t have to worry about the people of whom you are in charge feeling like the invitation is mandatory. A lot of the etiquette involved with this problem is tied up in how formal you want your wedding to be. If it is something more casual, like a backyard potluck wedding, you can invite people from work and not worry about whether or not they can make it. If the ceremony and reception are formal and you are paying per person for things like meals, and so on—it’s better to not invite your co-workers. Remember: the invitation process is full of minefields. Remember also: it’s your wedding. The only people whose opinions actually matter are yours and your fiancées. Don’t’ let anybody bully you into or out of inviting anybody! 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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