6 steps to managing mature team members

As a new General Manager, you may find that your first challenge is how to lead a team that’s older and more experienced than yourself.

You look around the room in your first meeting and see some grey hairs, some wrinkles and a sea of knowledge and experience about the business compared to your small ‘pond’.

Luckily learning the best way to manage people with more experience and knowledge is not rocket science, it just involves incorporating a few simple rules into your management life.… Read more

2 Great tips to avoid decision fatigue?

President Obama always wears the same thing. Which is part of his secret to getting so much done he significantly reduces the number of decisions he forces himself to make .

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”

This is because, the US president explained, the act of making a decision erodes your ability to make later (maybe more important) decisions.… Read more

Intelligence test for hiring new managers

Here’s a little bit of fun, and a tongue in cheek test. Try it on your team members,
Below are four simple questions.  Try to answer all of them before looking at the answers.
#1:  How do you put a giraffe into a fridge?
#2:  How do you put an elephant into a fridge?
#3:  The King of the Jungle is holding a meeting for all of the animals. 

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How to say no, without ruining relationships

If you want something done, ask a busy person.

In my life its certainly true, as I seem to do the most work when I am busiest. But when you get a reputation as someone who can always help others, you tend to get an ever increasing pile if requests for help.  This may be why Warren Buffett says: “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.”

For those of us who enjoy being helpful—or just plain polite— saying No isnt an easy task.… Read more

One Minute management and the new GM

Two weeks ago, I introduced Ken Blanchard as an author. He has, of course, written much more than about effective problem delegation. Now I’d like to share another of his concepts- one minute management.

When i was a new manager I happened to read Ken Blanchard, One Minute manager series. As a believer that simpler is better, it struck me as a great start to managing people.… Read more