Encouraging an INTELLIGENT approach to STAGE MANAGEMENT

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On TEAMS

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.
PHIL JACKSON

Posted on 27 October 2012 @ 5:33 pm


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Responsibility

Faced with an obstacle, you have two choices:

  1. Respond in a way that presumes someone else is responsible for the way you feel; don't do anything…
  2. Respond in a way that presumes YOU are responsible for the way you feel; deal with it…

Posted on 2 April 2014 @ 11:57 am


The World's Simplest Management Secret

Forget what you learned in those management books. There's really only one way to ensure that everyone on your team excels. Management books have it all wrong. They all try to tell you how to manage "people". It's impossible to manage "people"; it's only possible to manage individuals. And because individuals differ from one another, what works with one individual may not work with somebody else.

Some individuals thrive on public praise; others feel uncomfortable when singled out. Some individuals are all about the money; others thrive on challenging assignments. Some individuals need mentoring; others find advice to be grating.

The trick is to manage individuals the way that THEY want to be managed, rather than the way that you'd prefer to be managed. The only way to do this is to ASK.

In your first (or next) meeting with each direct report ask:

  • How do you prefer to be managed?
  • What can I do to help you excel?
  • What types of management annoy you?

Listen (really listen) to the response and then, as far as you are able, adapt your coaching, motivation, compensation, and so forth to match that individual's needs.

BTW, a savvy employee won't wait for you to ask; he or she will tell you outright what works. When this happens, you're crazy not to take that employee's advice! Unfortunately, most individuals aren't that bold, which is why it's up to you to find out how to get the best out of them.

And you'll never get that out of a management book. There is no one-size-fits-all in a world where everyone is unique.

FROM INC.COM ON THE 24TH OCTOBER 2012

Posted on 2 April 2014 @ 11:56 am


The Death of Common Sense

AN OBITUARY PRINTED IN THE LONDON TIMES - INTERESTING AND SADLY RATHER TRUE

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who had been with us for many years.

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Posted on 1 April 2014 @ 8:41 pm


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Harvard Business Review

Management Tip of the Day

Does Your Body Language Convey Confidence?

If you want people at work to trust and respect you, regardless of your title or authority, pay attention to your body language. How you stand, sit, and speak all affect whether people are open to being influenced by you. For example, standing up straight with your shoulders back helps you come across as confident […]

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Previously

Can You Explain Why You Deserve a Promotion?

Asking for a promotion can be nerve-wracking. But when you think you’re ready for the next step in your career, it’s important to say so. To prepare for the conversation with your boss, reflect on what you want. Would you like to move up, or might a lateral move interest you? Next, do some research. […]

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If Your Employee Annoys People, Gently Point Out How

If your employee is irritating fellow colleagues, don’t let the behavior go. Start by making your intentions clear — say something like, “I’m always looking for ways to help you grow, and I have some thoughts. When is a good time to talk?” During the discussion, focus on the facts. What exactly is the employee […]

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