Encouraging an INTELLIGENT approach to STAGE MANAGEMENT

Tips, quotes and thoughts from a variety of sources... food for thought if you like!


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Collective responsibility

If you see something isn't being done, find a way of encouraging those who are responsible to take it on board and get on with it... either that, or instigate it yourself. Remember, you're all in this together, it is in no-one's interest to let the show suffer.

Posted on 18 February 2012 @ 9:17 am


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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

Don’t Have One To-Do List — Have Three

A to-do list can help you stay organized and focused, but it can also become overwhelming when it gets too long and you’re not sure what to tackle next. Try keeping three lists — and a calendar. To start off, think about all of the tasks assigned to you. Which of them truly have to […]

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Returning to Work After a Mental Health Leave

After you’ve taken time off from work for mental health reasons, returning to the office can be a challenge. How do you get back into the daily grind without compromising your health? First, consider whether you should initially go back full-time or part-time. Dealing with a mental illness can be exhausting, so give yourself the […]

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Two Rules for Making Better Decisions

There are many ways to improve your decision making, but two simple rules can be particularly helpful. First, be less certain — about every part of your decision-making process. Think choice A will lead to outcome B? It’s probably less likely than you believe. Think outcome B is preferable to outcome C? You’re probably too […]

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