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Stress and Managing Others

Managing your own stress, your performance and productivity is one thing.  Managing these factors in others is something else.  Trying to achieve results through others brings its own stresses to add to your already burgeoning collection.  But we don’t need more stress, we need less.

Most people rely on others to a certain degree to get things done.  Whether you manage a team who work directly for you, or outsource some of your work to others, they can all bring their challenges as well as their rewards.

And of course the faster the pace, the greater the challenge.  The problem is not unique and yet your greatest asset can so often be your sleepless night.

It’s fraught with difficulty.  Someone who seemed perfect at interview might present very differently when they’re in situ.  Or they may have been fine when you hired them, but suddenly there seems to be one problem after another.  This can have repurcussions on productivity, teamwork, customer service and even profits.  It can certainly affect the stress levels of others, as well as your own.

Managing others requires an ability to understand the motivation of individuals, a flexibility in how you manage them and yet a consistency in approach.  It’s an art-form and one size doesn’t fit all.  But, once mastered, it really yields results.

So, what’s the answer?

As you might expect, it’s a bit complicated.  So, in partnership with Sandra Porter of The HR Department, I am putting on a short workshop to introduce you to the concept of effective people management so you know how to bring out the best in individuals, know how to identify your saboteurs from your superstars and spot warning signs and what to do about them.

Good people make good business.  If you want to help reduce the stress of managing results through others, join us for this short but impactful workshop.  For more information, click here for Your Greatest Asset and Your Sleepless Night.

 

Or call me, Tricia Woolfrey, on 0845 130 0854 for a no-obligation discussion.  You’ll be glad you did.

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A-Z of Business: L – Leadership-v-Management: Are You a Manager or a Leader?

How do you know if you are a manager or a leader? 

There are few job titles with the word “leader” in them.  Manager or Director (depending on your level of seniority) seem to be the titles of choice - Customer Services Manager, Finance Director, Marketing Manager, Human Resources Director, etc.  Yet, the title is not an indication.  Being a manager is as important as leadership.  However, without leadership, you are missing a crucial element in business success – winning people’s hearts and minds.

Management can be thought of as being the ‘nuts and bolts’ of your role, with duties such as:

  • Planning
  • Allocating resources
  • Organising and co-ordinating
  • Controlling and directing
  • Measuring and evaluating
  • Solving problems
  • Short term thinking for managers, medium-term thinking for directors
  • Managing systems and procedures
  • Maintaining
  • Concerned with the “when” and “how”

All of these are absolutely essential and create a framework, structure and systems to achieve results which are monitored and course-corrected on a regular basis.

A leader, by contrast will be more of a visionary and will motivate and inspire people to follow.  Their focus will be on the long-term and they will be concerned with:

  • Establishing a vision
  • Inspiring co-operation and trust
  • Developing ideas and people
  • Concerned with the “what” and “why”

Creating a vision will usually require change and a good leader will inspire the team to be motivated for that change which might otherwise be met with resistance.  A leader paints a picture that people want to be part of and want to help make happen.

Managers deal with “shoulds” (the realms of necessity) while leaders deal with “coulds” (the realms of possibility).

Of course, leadership and management are not mutually exclusive.  There is a lot of overlap between the two.  A good leader will need good management qualities.  A good manager will require good leadership qualities.  If you tend to be a good leader but are not good at the planning, implementation and problem solving, it’s essential to have a very good, reliable and loyal team to do this for you.  If you are a good manager without the leadership qualities, you will need a good leader managing you to help you pass on the vision to your team.  Both skills can be learned and, with both skills, you will be a rounded professional contributing fully to the success of your team and your business.

And, to close, off, the wonderful Stephen Covey said “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”  You have to have your vision right, otherwise you are managing the wrong things.

If you would like to have greater insight into your leadership and management skills, book a psychometric profile session.  This helps overcome blind spots and highlights development opportunities for you.  Call 0845 130 0854 to find out more.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2012

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