Team Management SkillsThere are three categories of team management skills anyone must master to have any success in a management job. These are motivation, training and coaching, and employee involvement and are discussed separately in detail below.
MotivationThe most fundamental team management skill you must master is motivation of your team and of the individual members of the team. (We will discuss self motivation later in this series.) You can't accomplish your goals as a manager unless your team is motivated to perform, to produce, to deliver the results you need. Motivating each of the individuals on your team requires a recognition on your part that each team member's motivation needs are different. And motivating the team requires a different approach from motivating the team members.
- The Lesson of the Red Horse
What does a nine-year old drawing animals on scraps of paper have to do with motivation? A lot really. The Lesson of the Red Horse stresses the importance of employee motivation and its effect on performance.
- Larry Doesn't Work Here Anymore
For employee retention employee motivation is key. Putting each person in the right job is a critical part of that. See what a difference you can make by using your people in the spots where they can do their best.
- How To Give Positive Feedback
Another key to successful motivation is the way you give feedback. You have to provide feedback to your employees and they have a right to expect it. Try to focus first on giving positive feedback and resort to negative feedback only as a last resort.
- The Coffee Cup
One of your best management tools may be a coffee cup. The simple act of taking someone to coffee gives you an opportunity to sit with them, listen, and learn. That kind of a conversation can be powerful employee motivation.
- Management Tips for Motivation
These are some additional motivation tips.
- De-motivating Your Employees
And while you are working hard to motivate your team, be sure you are not doing anything that will de-motivate them.
Training and CoachingIt is unlikely that you will ever manage a team where everyone is adequately trained. It is even more unlikely that you will have a team that never needs coaching. You need to be able to identify the training needs of your team members and be able to get that training for them. And you need to coach all the members of your team, even the well trained ones, to help them achieve their best levels of performance.
- New Employee Training
Regardless whether you spend a few hours or a few months orienting new employees, there is a cost. New Employee Orientation (NEO) can save you money in the long run if you take the time to properly train new people.
- Cross Training Employees
Cross training is training someone in another activity that is related to their current work. It is good for managers, because it provides you more flexibility, which saves money in labor costs. It is good for the employees too. It lets them learn new skills, makes them more valuable, and can combat worker boredom.
- Learn at Lunch
Learn at Lunch, is a program to help employees grow and advance. Learn how to set one up so both the company and the employees benefit from it.
- Employee Coaching: When To Step In
You have to let people make mistakes if they are going to learn. The trick is knowing when to step in and when to hang back and let them try on their own.
- What Professional Baseball Can Teach Professional Managers
The same factors apply in baseball as in business. Generally the teams with the best managers make it to the playoffs and to the World Series. In business, too, it is usually the best managed companies that succeed. Are you the best managed company in your market?
- Performance Management Instead of Layoffs
It costs too much to leave an incompetent manager in place. If the employee won't request a return to a level at which they were competent, the company must take action. Specific training can be part of this.
- Coaching, An Essential Management Skill
One of the most important things we do as managers is coach our subordinates. One of the most important skills you can develop as a manager is that of a good coach. Here are some more resources that can help you improve your skill.