Leadership & Management
As your company scales, it’s natural to think about implementing new processes to help you control, coordinate, or communicate. As workload and output increase, it becomes harder and harder to stay on top of it all. You feel completely out of the loop. The solution must be more process, right? Wrong.
In our latest Leadership & Management article, Mike Karampalas details why it's important to avoid adding more process to your team and the right way to do it when it's truly needed.
The modern work environment is a disjointed, interruption infested cacophony of distractions, with limited time for actual work. In this Harvard Business Review podcast and accompanying article, Sarah Green Carmichael and Jason Fried discuss ways to make working at the office more pleasant and productive. Tips include silent Thursdays, asynchronous communication, and limiting chat interactions to things that don't really matter. Listen (or read) to learn how to start shifting the culture at your office and make it a better environment for getting work done.
Marc G Gautheir reminds us that as managers we need to think beyond being someone we would love to work for. Different managerial styles work well for some people but not others. Unless you are managing a team of clones, find a few different management approaches that you like and work with your team to determine what's right for each of them.
Ever hear the saying "People leave managers, not companies"? It's true. To prevent your team from leaving, read this article from Matt Trainer where he outlines how successful managers apply situational leadership and custom coaching to each of their individual reports to keep them engaged. Matt also provides a simple framework to help you assess what approach will work best given each of your employee's stage of development. Check it out and build a stronger, more confident team.