Here at Pinpoint we are always looking for ways to improve as well as ways to help our customers improve. So, we searched the Web and found common habits of highly successful managers. What we found won’t shock you, but rather serve as a reminder of basic principles for being successful. We could all benefit from taking a step back and making sure our leadership skills are in check. Here’s what we found:
This article focuses on the person in charge of product development. You can apply these habits to people in charge of projects, departments, or all of the operations for an entire company. Basically the article suggests focusing on why a problem occurred as opposed to just what the problem is. This will lead to a solution faster. A key to achieving this is to listen before speaking (which is another one of the habits suggested). A unique habit mentioned in this article is “manage passion.” When you’re the creator of a product or initiative, it is very easy for you to be passionate about it. However, you have to realize that your team is not equally as passionate so you have to be willing to hear what other people’s objections are in order to maintain your credibility.
This post goes back to basics with habits like, “set goals all the time,” and “empower your entire team.” While these performance management tips may seem like no-brainers, it’s so easy to overlook them. If you go through the actions of setting and tracking goals you are going to be a lot more successful than if you just manage day by day. Same with empowering your team – you can’t do everything by yourself and you need to educate your employees so you don’t end up micromanaging them.
Although this article was written specifically for restaurant managers, we can easily apply it to operations and district managers as well. This article emphasizes consistency, multi-tasking, and attitude among others. Learning to delegate tasks, make strategic decisions, and do it all with a smile on your face isn’t easy. But if you practice and start making these seven attributes habit, you will start to be more effective.
As you read through these articles you will find some common themes. Perhaps the most prominent, though, is communication. If you do not clearly communicate what outcome you would like, how is your team supposed to complete the appropriate tasks? Furthermore, communication is a two-way street. You must be able to listen to the feedback and questions that your team and customers have in order to meet their needs. After all, if you’re meeting your customers’ needs you’re being pretty darn effective.