10 TIPS FROM How To Be A Manager Without Being A Jerk:
This 150 page management book is written in an easy to follow format perfect as your personal manager training guide or a group manager training guide. Do not let its simplicity fool you, this book is a huge success for a reason. Here are 10 tips from the book to give you a quick glimpse of the content.
1. In an effort to better understand your employees, listen to them. All too often managers have some great advice and “tune out” the employee as they wait to pounce with advice. Begin better practices of listening to employees. But, when you engage in the great practice of listening, you need to do so in an effort to
better understand. Do not listen to just listen. Listening without seeking to better your understanding is like listening to a beautiful song and not hearing the melody.
2. E-mail communication lacks tone, voice, and cannot accurately communicate your emotions. Unless you are Stephen King, do not expect an e-mail to express your feelings. Chats in person are much better.
3. You will never hear from an employee, “I sure wish the boss would keep us in the dark.” Updates about projects are critical to your success as a manager. Lack of communication is the single most quoted reason that employees are unhappy.
4. Reward loyalty with as much as you can give. There is nothing, NOTHING more important than being loyal to your team and teaching them to be loyal as well.
5. Take the time to say “good morning” to each person who works under you, and mean it. As you move up the “ladder” the number of people becomes larger, and this task becomes more important than ever.
6. Take each member of your team out to lunch once per year. Make it very informal. No big announcement.
7. Get your folks involved with a local charity like Habitat For Humanity. Work on-site with them. No excuses. Everyone helps.
8. Do not become guilty of paralysis by analysis. Make a decision, darn it.
9. Corporate credit cards can kill your budget and give your employees a false sense of entitlement. For as
long as you can, avoid corporate cards where the company pays the bill. When employees use their own
credit cards and are quickly reimbursed, they watch their expenditures much more closely. Be sure to have
a fast reimbursement system as well, to ensure that a prolonged payment does not reflect poorly on your
employees’ credit ratings.
10. Hold all your key meetings on one day. Mondays work very well as this gives you a full week to complete
tasks. Plan these meetings in advance and schedule them weekly. Create discipline.