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Can you be a Better Boss? 16 October 2017

Monday 16th October is national #BossDay

Well will you look at that, a whole day dedicated to being the boss! Being the boss means that, to achieve goals, you not only have to be personally inspired by your job, but you also have to inspire those around you.

Here are some top tips that will help you be an incredible boss…

You must inspire your team…

Share your goals for the business. A ship needs a heading and a destination, it’s your job to paint this picture (which needs to already be in your head). If you are focussed on a goal and you can inspire your team to help you achieve it, then a big obstacle to your success will have been overcome.

Be honest…

When you are in charge of a team of people, your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself. If you make honest and ethical behaviour a key value then your team will follow suit.

Be committed…

When your team sees you prepared to do the toughest of jobs with the efficiency and confidence that is expected of them, it is the ultimate motivator. Your team will feed off this hard-working energy and try to emulate (hopefully improve upon) your commitment to the task. Make sure you keep your word to your team, be it appraisal dates or nights out. Be true to your word.

Exude confidence in your business and yourself…

An important part of what you do is to maintain your teams’ morale. You must hold your confidence, even in challenging times and stay calm and positive, that way your team will feel the same. If something bad happens try looking forward and focussing on the longer-term goals, it’s likely the team will follow your cue. Learning to trust in yourself and in your instinct is as important as your team trusting you.

Positivity is essential…

Keep the office happy, be it coffee and snacks or a little chat, your team is full of individuals who need a little of your attention on a regular basis to make them feel valued. Try and keep the mood in the office balanced between productive yet light hearted and playful. You will need to modify your approach towards every person in your team, your ability to do this  will have a big effect on productivity and overall success.

Promote creativity within your team…

Your team will look to you when there is no ordinary answer, when a solution isn’t easy or when a question cannot be answered. Take care to contemplate your decisions and help your team to be creative as well, perhaps including them in your decision-making process, and sharing the burden of the challenge.

Always make your meetings actionable…

It’s good to talk about issues and what’s on your team member’s mind in one to ones, but that alone does not accomplish much. Every one to one should be actionable. Take what’s discussed and identify what both of you can do to make progress on the issues. Maybe it’s buying them a good book on a subject they want to learn about. Or it could be giving them advice on how to handle a situation and having them try it and report back the results next time. Whatever it is, setting action items and discussing what the results were next time creates a very gratifying feeling of progress by small wins that engages and motivates team members.

Bottom Line…

Management is a skill that can always be improved. Make a little time for yourself and how you be the boss, ask yourself if you could be a better boss. If the answer is yes then get those goals set. We wish you good luck, but you won’t need it…

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