The Manager: The Missing Ingredient in Business Success
Updated: Feb 16
Ok, let's keep it on the level, there are many important ingredients in the recipe for business success, but one that is often overlooked is the manager. This individual is responsible for ensuring that projects are completed on time and to specification, and they must have a clear objective mind in order to do so. managers cannot be driven by personal ideals, but must instead focus on the impacts and outcomes of their various projects. Without a good manager, any business will struggle to achieve its goals. In this blog post, we will discuss why managers are so important and how they can help your business succeed!
The Benefits of Good Management The benefits of good management are numerous and can be summed up with one word: success. Good managers help businesses achieve their goals by ensuring that projects are completed on time and to specification. They also help to keep teams focused and motivated, which is essential for achieving great results. In addition, managers can also help to develop their volunteers, ambassadors, and employees' skills and talents, which can lead to more productive and successful project outcomes to the end of the company's overall success. So if you're looking for someone to help your business reach new heights, look no further than the manager!
Furthermore, managers are essential for maintaining positive company culture. A good manager will ensure that all employees feel valued and appreciated, which can lead to happier and more productive employees. Managers provide stability to businesses by ensuring that projects are completed efficiently and on time, thus preventing any major setbacks. In short, managers are an indispensable ingredient in the recipe.
The 5 imperatives of a good manager, like acting with strategic intent
Act with strategic intent:
If you think about all the great leaders in the history of you business growth, I'm wiling to bet they all showed this first quality. Acting with strategic intent is exactly how it sounds, and that's being able to think objectively, and focus on the impacts and outcomes of their various projects. To give an example, a good manager is able to objectively look at a project and determine what resources are necessary in order to complete it on time and to specification. They also have the ability to develop a plan of action and set deadlines for project completion. In addition to the project tactics itself a good manager has a pretty good understanding of people, no, a highly developed affinity for people, yeah that's what I wanted to say, and is able to keep teams focused and motivated, which is essential for achieving great results. We'll dig dipper into this later, just keep reading.
Managing through collaboration
Managing through collaboration means that managers must be able to work effectively with their team(s) in order to get things done. They must be able to communicate clearly and efficiently and be able to collaborate on project goals and objectives. An example would be managers who provide regular feedback to ambassadors, volunteers, and employees in order to help them improve their performance.
In addition, managers must be able to lead teams through obstacles and difficult situations without becoming frustrated or angry at anyone involved. This is because along with the strategic focus on impacts and outcomes we mentioned earlier, managers are responsible for maintaining positive company culture so that all employees feel valued and appreciated. This undervalued imperative is the difference between good and great impacts and outcomes of any given initiative via the mighty-manager.
One leadership skill which helps collaboration, in fact it makes the skill of collaborating seem effortless by those who employ its hypnotic effects; Inspiring a Shared Vision. In order for the inspire a shared vision potion to work a manager must first be hypnotized themself with elation about the project at hand and thereby able to imagine exciting and ennobling possibilities. To break it down in terms we can get our head around, inspiring a shared vision means enlisting others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations. It takes a little work but I think you'll find us worth it. Here's how it goes. Step 1: The manager must engage others an actual real conversation about their own personal vision for themselves. This means that we're listening, and pocketing information and for and irresistible magic potion to be made later, down the road. Not surprisingly this is the hardest step for most good managers because it involves listening. Great managers however understand the importance of developed listening skills. If that's a you we can move onto step two. Step two: describe your vision for the future of the organization the product even the tactic, that appeals to higher order values and then engage others in conversation about that vision considering their own vision for themselves. I know you see where this is going because nine times out of 10 step two and step three happens simultaneously. Step three: Discover a theme from the two separate visions and immerse yourself in a passionate but true description of mutually beneficial impacts and outcomes. What you're doing is helping team members to see how there a long-term interest can be realized by enlisting a common vision—creating a common goal that everyone in the company can get behind.
This requires a manager who is able to articulate the company's goals and inspire people to work together to achieve them. A shared vision allows employees to feel like they are part of something "larger" than themselves, and it gives them a sense of purpose. When employees are inspired to work towards a common goal, it can lead to great things. And , by the way, it is the manager's job to ensure that everyone in their orbit feels inspired and motivated by this vision.
Leveraging through connectivity
Today more than ever in order for great managers to be successful, they need to be able to leverage connectivity. This means being able to connect with other managers and team members in order to get the most out of their team. By establishing good communication channels, managers can make sure that everyone is on the same page and knows what is expected of them. Great managers understand that getting lost in the vision—becoming MIA in the process and disconnecting from their team, is not an option.
Great managers can use connectivity to get feedback from their team and make sure that they are meeting the team's needs. A good example of this would be a remote team where the manager is not able to physically meet with all of the team members. In this case, managers would need to be especially good at leveraging connectivity in order to get the most out of their team.
Use real-time performance data to help them make better decisions.
Real-time performance data can come from various sources, such as surveys, progress-to-plan touch bases, or simple conversation with the fore-intent of capturing the data. By using this data, great managers can identify areas where their team is performing well and areas where they need to make improvements. They can also use the data to identify potential problems and take corrective and most-often creative action before they become bigger issues.
Communicate communicate communicate to Leadership
Managers play a critical role in any organization, and one of their key responsibilities if a great manager is to communicate with the leadership. They need to keep leaders up to date on all the projects they're working on, as well as any issues or problems that may have arisen. This is critical because managers are the ones who have direct contact with employees and managers should be able to communicate effectively with leadership, namely their bosses. Not communicating can lead to managers being left out of important decisions and managers' failure to communicate effectively with Leadership can lead to managers not being heard when it matters most. The importance of upward communication between managers and leadership cannot be overstated.
Bonus imperatives Creating a sense of urgency, delegating tasks effectively: It's critically important to be able to create a sense of urgency when necessary and to delegate tasks effectively in order to get things done. Here are two key reasons why: 1) Urgency can help motivate people to take action. When people understand that there's a sense of urgency and that they need to take action now, it can be a powerful motivator. 2) Delegating tasks effectively helps ensure that the right tasks get done the right way. By delegating tasks effectively, you can make sure that the right person is doing the right task and that everyone is aware of what needs to be done. This can help improve efficiency and avoid potential problems. What does it all mean
Managers are a critical ingredient in any business. Managers must be able to manage their team, create a sense of urgency when necessary, and delegate tasks effectively. Managers also need to keep leadership up-to-date on what is going on with the projects they're working on as well as any problems that might have arisen. Managers should never forget about communication between themselves and leadership because it can lead to disastrous consequences for everyone involved if not handled appropriately. Caution: Not communicating can leave an indelible and negative mark on your career.
My final thoughts are that managers are necessary for success. Great managers, like all leaders, use all of of these imperatives when managing.
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