Joni Daniels

Show Them They Have Value

It doesn’t seem to matter what industry, organizational level, or number of years a manager has in their job; the biggest error I see the boss making is thinking that they need to have all of the answers.

It’s not just exhausting for the boss, it’s counterproductive for the role of a boss. If you truly want to get the job of ‘getting work done through others’ done well, you will need to engage your workforce so that they feel valued.

Sure, you can give them ‘atta boys’ and ‘atta girls,’ and provide clear and concise direction, but that isn’t a strategy to truly engage them The best way to show people that they are important is to ask for their input when you are problem solving.

And not just so you can check the box and tell yourself ‘There! I’ve asked them for their ideas first. Now I can do what I wanted to do’.    

The job of the manager is to facilitate the development of their employees, not just make decisions and assign work. As the boss, you are not the one to whom all problems should come for solutions. You are one who is supposed to be developing problem solvers.  If you think that a great manager is to the person to come up with the best solutions, think again!

 Tips for Effective People Management

Often remind managers that one size will not fit all. To manage people effectively, broaden your role and include being a catalyst. Flex your style for the needs of different employees. If you don’t develop your talent, they may look for someone else somewhere else who will