Encouraging an INTELLIGENT approach to STAGE MANAGEMENT

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On HEALTH & SAFETY

Know safety, no injury. No safety, know injury.
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Posted on 29 September 2012 @ 4:45 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

Unplug from Work by Focusing Your Brain on Something Else

Most of us know that staying productive in the office requires recharging away from it. The hard part is doing it. Even if you go home at a decent hour, you may find yourself checking email or reading one last report. To forget about what’s happening at work, focus on what you’ll do instead. Framing […]

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Enlist Your Team in Solving an Intractable Problem

If you and your team are facing a chronic challenge, you might be tempted to take control and vehemently argue for the solution you think will work, or to offer ideas indirectly and let your team take ownership of the issue. Neither of these extremes is optimal. Instead, try an approach that combines conviction and […]

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Ask These Questions to Foster an Employee’s Sense of Purpose

We all want to find meaning in what we do. As a manager, you can help your team members foster this inner sense of purpose by asking them a few simple questions: What are you good at? What do you take on because you believe you’re the best person to do it? What have you […]

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