Let's face it, being a manager comes with its rewards, but it also brings immense responsibility and challenges that can lead to stress and burnout. As leaders, it's crucial to prioritize our well-being while steering our teams to success. Here are some valuable tips to tackle stress head-on:
🔹 Set boundaries: Learn to say no when necessary. This is really difficult for some leaders, especially new managers who feel like they need to be 'everything to everybody'.
🔹 Learn how to delegate effectively: If you find that delegated tasks often land back on your desk - you might want to look at the way you delegate...
Once upon a time, in the bustling town of Corporateville, there was a brand new manager named Tim. Freshly promoted, he had 🎇 in his 👀 & visions of greatness in his ❤️.
On his first day as manager, Tim strutted into the office with an air of confidence that rivaled a 🦚 in full display. He called for a 👥 meeting & announced, "From now on, we shall have daily affirmations & mandatory 💃 breaks to boost productivity!"
The team exchanged 🥴 glances, but they humored him, unsure of how this would lead them to success. Tim's attempts at leading these 🕺 breaks were more like a clunky 🐤 dance than a motivational masterpiece. But as the days went on, something unexpected happened - the team actually began to 🤣 the silly dance breaks. It brought 😂 & camaraderie to the office...
In any workplace, conflicts are bound to arise, and as managers, it is crucial that we address them effectively.
Whilst it can seem like ignoring conflicts is the easy root, it can lead to a toxic work environment, decreased productivity, and strained relationships. That's why mastering the art of conflict resolution is essential for promoting a harmonious and thriving workplace!
Addressing conflicts head-on is vital because it allows us to understand different perspectives, find common ground, and ultimately reach mutually beneficial solutions. By acknowledging conflicts, we create an environment where open communication and collaboration can flourish.
When faced with difficult conversations, here are some valuable tips to navigate them:
Let's dive into the wonderful world of RACI—a fantastic tool that will revolutionize the way you approach teamwork. 🌟
RACI stands for:
🔹 Responsibility: Clearly defines who is responsible for completing a specific task or deliverable.
🔹 Accountability: Establishes clear lines of accountability and ensures that someone is answerable for the overall outcome.
🔹 Consulted: Identifies individuals or groups who need to provide input or expertise during the process.
🔹 Informed: Keeps stakeholders informed about progress, decisions, or outcomes.
Here are 9 pretty good reasons why RACI is an invaluable asset for any project or team:
As a leadership and management coach and trainer, I'm often brought in to fix things.
Teams in conflict. To raise performance. To identify issues. To help squabbling leaders. To improve management skills.
When this happens, it can be challenging for all but we often have to go through the hard stuff to find the solutions. It's the only way to move forward.
I've been coaching for a long time so I have a ton of tools that I can use to help teams and leaders resolve their challenges. In fact, trying not to blow my own trumpet too loudly - I think I'm pretty good at it...
What with 12 ASBO's before she left school at 11 and swapping one of of her 12 kids for a Westlife CD, she didn't really show us Brissle folk in a very good light!
So let's talk about the word BUT...
Mostly, whenever we add BUT to a sentence it pretty much negates what we said prior to that.
I understand your objection, but...
Often what you think you want is not what you want at all!
I'm lucky enough to have a really special team of leadership and management trainers who get to work with some pretty amazing organisations, businesses and NGOs.
Most clients are sure they know what they need from us when we first meet. They come to us to fix a particular problem with their team, business or organisation.
They often want a quick fix. They just see a problem that needs fixing. But often the problem they think needs fixing is just a symptom of a very different issue altogether.
It's always a real joy to witness the sometimes remarkably fast growth of a business. But fast growth can bring a ton of challenges - as one fo my clients Trevor, a passionate and driven business entrperenuer, found out!
When I first met him, he was exhilarated by the success his business was achieving. However, along with the growth came a myriad of challenges that threatened to derail his progress. The sheer volume of tasks, managing a growing team, and maintaining work-life balance were taking their toll..
As business owners and managers, it's really important to be aware of biases that can affect our decision-making.
Biases are unconscious mental shortcuts that can lead to flawed thinking and poor decision-making. Here are five biases that that I've come across in coaching sessions recently:
❓ Only asking for feedback from people you know will agree with you. Otherwise known as Confirmation Bias - the tendency to seek out info that confirms our pre-existing beliefs, while ignoring or discounting anything that contradicts them...
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