As a manager, you posses an important role of leadership. You are responsible for maintaining order and generating success within the company. Your management techniques set a precedent among those you work with. Make sure you take proper action to do so.
Paint the Big Picture: Regardless of the ranking of your management role, you must first and foremost define your projects and business goals. Make a list for all the different things that need to be done along with the actions employees must take. Without defining and enforcing the company objective, there is no clear direction of what everyone should be working towards.
Evaluate Worst Case Scenarios: Be prepared for anything. Whether you lose a business partner or company data, have a plan. What flexibility have you implemented within your business plan? What can and cannot be sent back to the drawing board? Since we never know when the unexpected decides to hit us, it is best to assume worst case scenarios while scheduling.
Stay Organized: If you as a manager are not organized neither, is your team. You are the go-to person when certain items are missing or if someone needs help. If you forget about important contacts or lose track of important dates, you will lose time. Whatever organizational tool you may be using, remember it is the backbone of the project goals.
Establish Boundaries: As you will be constantly communicating with a particular set of clients, employees and coworkers, there is no doubt you will develop a relationship with them. Although it is human nature, you cannot let your professional guard down. It is not difficult for people to sense when a manager is closer with particular colleagues. You don’t want people within your company to feel left out or mistreated. Draw a fine line between what is professional and what is personal. Do not jeopardize your job and the success of your company with personal dilemmas.
Consistency: Deadlines change and your clientele increases, but your work ethics should remain consistent. Do not be a manager who some days are reliable and some days not. The more you do this, the more you restrain employees. Just as you need your employees to be consistent, return them the same courtesy.
Trust: As a company lead, you must always be accountable for your actions. Everyone in a company is interconnected. If you are providing false information to one employee it will eventually travel to another and so on. The worst thing that could happen is for your clients and business partners to come across these incompetent actions. Do not break trust between the people you work with.
L. Shabudin | DBPC Blog