Category Archives: Manager Tips Series

6 Tips to Audit Manager Effectiveness

How do you know managers in your organization are effective? Though the obvious way to assess a manager is through the results his or her team accomplishes there’s a risk in only monitoring results. A team could reach its own goals yet not provide needed deliverables to other departments, i.e. internal customers. Or a team could achieve its goals but leave team members feeling used, abused and unmotivated. So what should you look for in determining manager effectiveness? Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: 5 Tips for Effective Delegation

Imagine a juggler with so many balls in the air that it becomes impossible to maintain the act. One by one the balls drop, because the “act” is simply unsustainable. This is the manager who doesn’t delegate. Conversely, consider the … Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: The Dreaded Performance Problem Talk

By Marla Rosner, Principal InstillLeadership Though countless surveys say that public speaking is at the top of our list of fears, I contend that for those who manage people, there’s a different dread: talking to a direct report about a … Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: Why You Need to be a Role Model

By Marla Rosner, Principal InstillLeadership You must have passed the preliminary test as a role model, or you wouldn’t have been promoted to a manager position. Now it’s time to understand what more is expected. Your direct reports and your … Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: How to Ask for Help

By Marla Rosner, Principal Instill Leadership Welcome to management. One hopes you received a nice boost in pay, even in this dreadful economy, since your responsibilities have been ratcheted up several degrees if you’ve been promoted. If you’re like most … Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: Gaining a Management Perspective, Part 2

By Marla Rosner, Principal InstillLeadership “Gaining a Management Perspective, Part 1” addressed the need for the new manager to take a high-level view; a perspective about what your company does from the vantage point of a hilltop instead of from … Continue reading

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First-Time Manager Tips: Gaining a Management Perspective, Part 1

As a new manager, there are numerous adjustments you’ll need to make, least of which is your business perspective. On top of getting results through others rather than performing certain tasks yourself, you need to gather a new view of … Continue reading

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Manager Tip: Use Civility in Interviews

Some interviewers seem to delight in the inherent power that comes from being on the side of the desk that does the hiring. I can only urge those who feel “empowered” in this way to recall their own experiences searching for a job and in particular the vulnerability of being a job candidate. Continue reading

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