Here is another valuable Management Tip of the Day from Harvard Business Review. To sign up for a free subscription to any/all HBR newsletters, please click here.
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Amazing bosses try to make work meaningful and enjoyable for employees. They’re most successful when they adhere to a few best practices:
o Manage individuals, not just teams. When you’re under pressure, you can forget that employees have varying interests, abilities, goals, and styles of learning. But it’s important to understand what makes each person tick so that you can customize your interactions with them.
o Go big on meaning and purpose. Inspire people with a vision, set challenging goals, and articulate a clear purpose. Don’t rely on incentives like bonuses, stock options, or raises.
o Focus on feedback. Use regular (at least weekly) one-on-one conversations for coaching. Make the feedback clear, honest, and constructive.
o Don’t just talk — listen. Pose problems and challenges, and then ask questions to enlist the entire team in generating solutions.
o Be consistent. Be open to new ideas in your management style, vision, expectations, and feedback. If change becomes necessary, acknowledge it quickly.
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I also high recommend Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader, co-authored by Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback and published by Harvard Business Review Press.
Also, you may wish to check out an anthology, Management Tips from Harvard Business Review, by clicking here.