You’re exhausted at the end of each day. You make so many decisions at work, and leading a team is just part of what you do. You may want to learn how to be a better manager, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day.
When it comes to managing people, and anything else for that matter, Einstein was right: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” By leading your team in the same way you always have, you’re actually working against your organization’s success long term. Your results will prove it. While an executive coach can help you implement good management strategies, here are some examples of “one-size-fits-all” approaches that simply don’t work.
Sending mass emails
Announcements and updates are necessary, but the “Hey, everyone. It’s time for quarterly one-on-ones. Send me your availability,” could be a lot more sincere and comforting when personalized and sent to individuals. This can help build a positive experience for your next interaction.
Planning events that only cater to a few people
A company game of frisbee might be cool for a select group but, if that’s the only option, it leaves a lot of potential for others to feel uncomfortable and left out. Ask team members to fill out a survey of the types of activities they would like. You will learn a lot about each team member, and you’ll have more ideas to work with.
Not considering communication styles
Some people prefer to receive direct communication while others prefer to be met with pleasantries and small talk. Learn each individual’s preferences by simply observing them or giving them an assessment to complete that provides detailed results and suggestions for leading people with each communication style.
There you have it. Three things to stop doing to build trust and productivity within your team. That said, what should you do instead? If that seems like a challenging question, you can set up an initial meeting with one of our trusted leadership coaches to see how they might help you make changes in a stress-free way. There’s no pressure for this first, free meeting.