With the lean concept coming to all the businesses, being a manager has become a daunting task. You are continuously under pressure to attain maximum results in minimum resources. You might make some mistakes due to this increase in pressure. However, you got to learn not just from your mistakes but from others’ too and make your way up the ladder.
Here are a few mistakes that you need to avoid becoming best in management.
- Lack of communication
The key to a successful business is communication and interaction. Right from the very basic level to the highest one, the better you know about problems at shop floor, the more likely you are to fix them. Being a manager, it is your job to now everything and this can only be achieved if you are communicating properly.
Group meetings and meeting with blue-collars or operators is an easy way of identifying problematic areas and increasing profits. The managers who fail in bringing forward their business are often the one who do not communicate much.
- Only speaking and not listening
Being above other people in hierarchy doesn’t mean you will not listen to what people below you have to say. They might be wrong but so can you. It is always good to encourage your staff to speak. This way, they will not only come up with innovative ideas but will also tell you the areas with operational issue and when it comes to mistake identification the sooner the better.
- Not building a team spirit
Obviously with the cut-throat competition people look forward to move ahead of others but you as a manager are in charge to make sure no one gets in the way of other. A company can only progress if your individual goals are aligned with organizational goals. Include a sense of team-spirit and healthy competition among your colleagues and staff and you will get better results.
- Not giving them KPIs
Key performance indicators immensely help you to know who is working and who is just pretending. Make sure in the start of the quarter or a month, you set specific KPIs for your staffs. The appraisals and increments should be dependent on these KPIs. This will not only motivate them to work better and harder but is also beneficial for your business.
Even mangers are also human and making mistakes is an inevitable part of the duty but it is always good to know what you are not supposed to do. Knowing things beforehand saves you a lot of trouble and helps in better overall development of you as a manager and your organization as whole.