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Effective Management Skills

What are the secrets to effective management skills? What makes a manager an effective manager?
If you have been asking the same questions, then this practical guide to effective management skills is your answer.
To be an effective manager, whether corporate or nonprofit, a set of particular skills  is needed. This is true in any leadership position from department supervisors to business and office administrators.

Master the Skill of Time Management 

Effective time management is about doing the right things in the right way. The key to successful time management is focusing your energy and your resources on the right tasks; the tasks that help you achieve your goals. Understanding where your time goes and taking control of it means taking control of your career and your life. There are a lot of tools and techniques available to you in order to help you master this skill to perfection.

TIP: A great time management strategy is delegation!

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Time Management Activities: Controlling your time seems impossible at times. There's just too much to do, too many deadlines to meet and only 24 hours in a day. Relax! Accept the fact that you have all the time available to do what you must do!
But, are you doing what you must? Are you meeting your priorities? Find out with these time management activities.

Time Management Tips :To achieve all your goals and become a successful manager, you must get your time under control. Here are some time management tips to get you started in organizing your life and increase productivity without draining all your resources.

Importance of Time Management: The first step to better managing your time is to be completely self-aware of the importance of time management and its benefits in your life.

Effective Delegation: Delegation is not a sign of weakness. It’s an opportunity to empower and discover potential, new talents and skills.

Master the Skill of Decision Making

Decision making and problem solving skills are crucial for effective management. When faced with making decisions and solving problems there's a coherent sequence you can follow: 

1. Define the issue.
2. Collect information.
3. Develop alternatives/ options.
4. Evaluate alternatives/options.
5. Make the decision(s).
6. Implement the decision(s).
7. Follow up and evaluate

TIP: Use group creative thinking to identify alternatives in making decisions and solving problems. Utilize your team's creativity and experience  Brainstorming is a technique that has been around for quite some time, but it is quick, simple and effective. It creates a wonderful space for idea generation in a judgment-free environment. Invite your staff to use imagination without boundaries, don't shut down ideas that may seem unfeasible, there's still value in them

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Decision Making SkillsDecision making skills are an important aspect of the manager's job. Making decisions is a difficult process that consists of identifying and selecting alternatives, criteria and possible outcomes, to improve a situation.

Decision Making Steps - The five decision making steps presented here can be used in an individual or group decision making process.

Decision Making Tips - Decision making tips that will help you become a better decision maker.

Group Decision Making  - Group decision making is a process and a tool that helps to identify and bring together all the available alternatives to any context that requires solutions or changes. 

Rational Decision Making Process - The Rational Decision Making Process is a cognitive process which is made up of a logical step by step process.

Split Second Decision Making - In this kind of decision making we must focus on a small set of key factors which influence the decision rather than on a large number of factors, solutions and possible outcomes.

Problem Solving Techniques - Because problems are unavoidable, managers spend a good portion of their time seeking problem solving techniques.

Master the Skill of Communication  

Powerful communication is not a hard skill to master. An effective manager communicates  vision, ideas and expectations with power, transparency and simplicity. Effective communication is the tool that connects you with the people around you and facilitates the buy-in process. Communication builds trust, creates resources of shared knowledge, expertise and power. Communication through words makes up less than 10 percent of communication. Body language, posture, tone and facial expressions are considered important elements of communication. The more you are aware of the importance of communication and its components the clearer the message to your people.

TIP: Listening is an important part of communication. Use both your heart and mind to listen! Be open and non-judgmental to the information given to you.

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Importance of Communication
There are many definitions that speak about  the importance of communication; “foundation of every relationship”, "lifeblood for a successful team etc.

Effective Business Communication - Effective business communication is key to your effectiveness as a manager.  You cannot be    successful if you cannot communicate effectively. 

Definition of Business Communication -
The definition of business communication has taken a whole new meaning in today's  environment  with technology, virtual teams, horizontal sharing etc.

Good Listening Skills -
You can have good listening skills. You can stop some of the main causes that prevent you from becoming an effective listener. All you have to do is make a few changes in your work environment and in your approach to listening. 

Effective email communication -
Effective email communication is often an overlooked business skill, when you think about the fact that over 80% of our communication is now done over email; it pays to be good at this skills.

Master the Skill of Team Building:

One big player in a company’s productivity is team morale. If morale is low the staff will perform their job duties sluggishly with an inferior outcome. Effective mangers will be able to motivate their employees through regular meetings, whereby everyone can have a say or express ideas to improve company policy or procedures. Having an open-door policy also boosts staff morale by providing a means to air out concerns or grievances without fear of backlash or retaliation.
If there is an employee-employee or management-employee conflict that arises, management must possess the skills to effectively deal with it before it gets out of hand. This will avoid potential costly (and counterproductive) lawsuits or strikes. Being able to successfully neutralize disputes by listening and mediating is high on the list of skills needed by managers.

In addition, proper delegation of tasks is essential in managing effectively. Supervisors need to designate work assignments to properly qualified employees for quality control and productivity. This will allow for better management of staff and company needs/issues by reducing some of the manager’s workload, allowing the focus stay on what is important.

                 Our Team Building Resources

Team Building Skills - Team Building Skills are essential for your effectiveness as a manager. Molding a group of people into a coherent, synergetic team requires a good understanding of the importance of team building as well as a good attitude, careful planning and consistency. 

Team Building Strategies - These successful team building strategies are designed to boost your team's morale and  support a new approach into building a high performing team willing to overdeliver.

Team Building in the Workplace - Traditionally, team building in the workplace has not been a top-priority for organizations. While the attention was focused on increasing productivity or serving clients the tendency was to neglect the most valuable asset; the human asset, employees.

Employee Empowerment - Employee Empowerment can not be achieved without building human capacity.

Free Team Building Activities - Team building activities are a great opportunity to motivate staff, stimulate "out of the box" thinking and solve problems by recognizing challenges and building on strengths.

Team Building Ideas - Many teams work better when they are able to spend some time away from work interacting with each other and letting their hair down. Here are 5 great team building ideas for your team.

Employee Motivation Program - Traditionally an employee motivation program was designed to motivate the employees to do their jobs better. Nowadays, it has become an incorporated practice that involves organizational structures, career advancement, personal development, decision making and problem solving powers. 

The best way to stay on top of the latest techniques and methods for being an effective manager is education. There are many ways to achieve this. Local college or community center usually offer low cost to free courses/seminars. Another quick and efficient way to stay up to date is the internet. There are many sites that offer information on the latest managerial trends and theories that will keep any leader irreplaceable to their company.

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