Jacob Shriar on the Blog business2community highlights the 10 main challenges you will face when you are assigned to a managerial position.
It can be tough to adjust to this new role and potentially new environment, the first piece of advice is to understand that it’s normal to be nervous.
Here are 10 challenges that you will face to motivate the employees under you:
- Failure to Set Clear Goals and Expectations.
- Poor Time Management.
- Unclear or Inconsistent Communication.
- Pressure To Perform.
- Shifting From Coworker To Boss.
- Solving Other People’s Problems.
- Getting The Team To Be Productive.
- Not Asking For Help.
The key is to change your mindset and get into a new way of approaching work.
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Ask anyone in the workplace if problem solving is part of their day and they’d certainly answer “Yes!”. But how many of us have had training in problem solving?
Because people are born problem solvers, the biggest challenge is to overcome the tendency to immediately came up with a solution. The most common mistake in problem solving is to put the solution at the beginning of the process, when what we need is a solution at the end of the process.
Here are seven-steps for an effective problem-solving process.
- Identify the issues
- Understand everyone’s interests
- List the possible solutions (options)
- Evaluate the options
- Select an option or options
- Document the agreements(s)
- Agree on contingencies, monitoring, and evaluation
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Although empathy is considered to be at the heart of several crucial sectors – from product development to customer service, including also leadership, failing to recognise its limits can impair individual and organisational performance.
Problem #1: It’s exhausting
Being an heavy-duty cognitive task empathy depletes our mental resources.
Several studies on health and human professionals, as well as those who work for charities and other non profits, show that empathy is exhausting, in any role in which it’s a primary aspect of the job.
Problem #2: It’s zero-sum
Empathy doesn’t just drain energy and cognitive resources – it also depletes itself.
The more empathy we devote to one aspect of our life, for example our job, the less is left for others (family for instance). Moreover the zero-sum problem leads to another type of trade off: empathy toward insiders – people in our team or organisation- can limit our capacity to empathise with people outside our circles.
Problem #3: It can erode ethics
Empathy can cause lapses in ethical judgment. Extreme loyalty toward insiders may push us to take their interests as our own and to overlook transgressions, or even worse to behave badly ourselves. With actions like cheating or stealing to benefit those in the immediate circle people put empathy for a few before justice for all.
So how to rein in a land of excessive empathy?
As a manager there are a number of things you can do to mitigate these problems.
1. Split up the work
2. Make it less of a sacrifice
3. Give people breaks
Despite its limitations, empathy is essential at work.Understanding and responding to the needs, interests and desires of human beings involves some of the hardest work of all. Managers shouldlook for ways to give employees breaks,Encourage individuals to take time to focus on their interests alone. When people feel restored they’re better able to perform the demanding task of listening to what others need.
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Leaders are often described as powerful and headstrong individuals, certain of their position and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals or ambitions.
Recent researches have advanced a new model for understanding and improving effective leadership: leading with humility. Scientific inquiry has shown that humility offers a significant “competitive advantage” to leaders.
Humble leaders consider their own strengths, weakness and motives in making decisions; demonstrating concern for the common good, and exercising their influence for the benefit of all.
Managers who exhibit traits of humility resulted in better employee engagement and job performance.
The difference between success and failure is a great team.
A successful leader is one who can inspire his or her team members to work better together toward a common vision and goals.
Here are 15 quotes from well-known coaches, athletes, business leaders, and authors that will inspire you and your team members to work better together:
– “Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi
-“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” –Michael Jordan
-“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie
-“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller
“Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” –Patrick Lencioni
-“I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.” –Jean-Francois Cope
-“None of us is as smart as all of us.” –Ken Blanchard
-“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford
-“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” –Henry Ford
-“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” –Phil Jackson
-“Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.” –Mike Schmoker
-“It takes two flints to make a fire.” –Louisa May Alcott
-“Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” –Mattie Stepanek
-“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” –Mike Krzyzewski
-“The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” –James Cash Penney
Read more: Dave Kerpen on Inc.
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1. Create a plan
2. Understand the end goal
3. Communicate clearly
4. Identify key players
5. Delegate tasks
6. Set realistic objectives
7. Manage expectations
8. Hold people accountable
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Step 1 – Listen carefully and respectfully to your co-workers, especially those whose ideas differ from your own.
Step 2 – Refrain from criticizing your coworkers. If you disagree with a coworker about an idea or decision, don’t tell him you think he’s wrong or question his competence.
Step 3 – Avoid participating in workplace gossip or other behaviors that might pit one side of the workplace against another.
Step 4 – Demonstrate compassion, support and encouragement to coworkers who disagree with a particular strategy or agenda.
Step 5 – Build a consensus by soliciting feedback and ideas.
Step 6 – Recognize when conditions deteriorate and take proactive measures.
Step 7 – Maintain your composure when tempers flare.
Step 8 – Acknowledge your mistakes when they occur.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” But, becoming a great leader isn’t easy. Successfully maneuvering a team through the ups and downs of starting a new business can be one of the greatest challenges a small-business owner faces.
Here’s a list of 10 tips drawn from the secrets of successful leaders.
1. Assemble a dedicated team.
3. Don’t assume.
4. Be authentic.
5. Know your obstacles.
6. Create a ‘team charter.’
7. Believe in your people.
8. Dole out credit.
9. Keep your team engaged.
10. Stay calm.
Read more: Entrepeneur
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