From July, 2013

With Power Comes Responsibility

Being in management means you have a certain amount of power. Are you responsible wBeing in management means you have been entrusted with a certain amount of servant-hood. Are you responsible with the power you’ve been given?

I am a firm believer that management should serve from a position of servitude. Servant leadership isn’t a new concept. The concept became very popular in the late 1990’s early 2000’s. It’s a concept I think should never go out of style no matter how old it is or may sound. Effective leadership is a good thing no matter how old the concept is.

The best way to get the most out of your employees is to serve them. Employees need to know their boss has their best interest in mind. If employees know you are looking out for them they will have no problem working hard for you. When people go to work they want to feel valued and appreciated. That is exactly what servant leadership is about.

Serving people is about providing support, confidence and instilling power in them. There are many ways managers can verbalize and demonstrate appreciation for and confidence in their employees. Your level of servant-hood determines how responsible you are with the power you’ve been given.

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Management is No Laughing Matter

This is the first installment of a three part series on management. In no specific order I will discuss management styles, the responsibilities of management and the power of management.

First and foremost everyone is not cut out to manage people. Some may agree with me and others may disagree. For some of you that disagree, let me say, there are many high paying jobs that do not involve managing people. When it comes to management I won’t get into the discussion of nature vs. nurture. Whichever side you are on in that debate everyone needs some sort of formal training in their profession and management is no different.

Managing people is a skill-set and regardless of how good of a manager someone is they can always be better. In today’s workforce many organizations are putting people in managerial positions without training them. When promoting someone to a managerial position, many times, upper management views the situation from a micro perspective when they should be looking at it from a macro perspective. The big picture is going to determine the success or failure of the person that is hired and the people they manage. The responsibility starts with upper management making the best decision for the organization not individual people.

Once upper management decides who is going to occupy the position they have one more major task in front of them. They must empower the person to do their job. Many times managers are hired with their hands tied behind their backs. If the person is going to be successful they must be given the power to make decisions regarding the people they manage. If upper management is not ready to relinquish power they should leave the position vacant until they are ready.

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Empowering Employees Is Important

In today’s workforce you hear managers talk about getting employee buy-in. If you empower your employees getting them to buy into a new concept is easy. One aspect of creating a healthy work environment is making sure your employees feel like they are part of the team.

When decisions need to be made do you run a dictatorship or a democracy? You have to be clear that employees are not children. They do not have to do what you say. They are paid to do what you say but they are adults just like you. If you run a dictatorship you are creating a recipe for disaster. You will never get your employees’ buy-in if you are always telling them what to do.

Employees need a sense of empowerment. If you include people in the decision-making process then getting their buy-in is a no-brainer. Employees need to be able to make decisions without having to ask management. When people are empowered it gives them a sense of pride in what they do. This sense of pride causes them to work harder and smarter. Their creativity starts to come out and you end up getting a better product. There are so many benefits to empowering employees that it will amaze you. Start today by empowering your employees and watch the difference it makes.

Let me know the results you get from empowering your employees. If you have a question or comment leave it below or email me at corjoejen@yahoo.com

Communication

Communicating a message within an organization is not as simple as many make it to be. Getting your message across is vital to implementing any new plan or program. Don’t disregard any form of communication within your organization all of them are vital. You want to make sure you are utilizing all of the tools at your disposal.

Here are several methods you can use to communicate your message; email, conference calls, newsletters, video conferencing etc. I recommend you use more than one method of communication to convey your message. Conveying your message using multiple forms of communication addresses various learning styles. It also keeps the message in front of your employees. Repetition is the only way to ensure you message is getting across. The more people see your message the more likely they are to remember it.

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