Sunday, January 1, 2012

8 Habits of Highly Effective Managers

These were put together by Google. Some good advice...

1. Be a good coach
  • Provide specific, constructive feedback, balancing negative and positive
  • Have regular one-on-ones, presenting solutions to problems tailored to the employee's strengths
2. Empower your team and don't micro-manage
  • Balance giving freedom to your employees while still being available for advice
  • Make "stretch" assignments to help them tackle big problems 
3. Express interest in employees' success and well-being
  • Get to know your employees as people, with lives outside of work
  • Make new folks feel welcome, help ease the transition 
4. Be productive and results-oriented
  • Focus on what you want the team to achieve and how employees can help achieve it
  • Help the team prioritize work, and make decisions to remove roadblocks
5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team
  • Communication is two-way: Both listen and share
  • Hold all-hands meetings and be specific about the team's goals
  • Encourage open dialogue and listen to the questions and concerns of your employees
6. Help your employees with career development

7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team 
  • Even amid turmoil, keep the team focused on goals and strategy
  • Involve the team in setting and evolving the team's vision, goals, and progress 
8. Have key technical skills, so you can help advise the team
  • Roll up sleeves and work side-by-side with team, when needed
  • Understand the specific challenges of the work


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