Are Your Management Skills Up to Par?

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Aaron and Terry will be talking management styles, and some of the mistakes owners and managers make leading their teams. Both Aaron and Terry very much dislike the micromanagement style, so to best help avoid that, they explore some questions you should be asking yourself to make sure you are not a micromanager. They discuss ways to encourage more employee engagement and better loyalty and effort being put in by your employees. Then as to be expected from the 2 Regular Guys, education takes center stage. It’s a great conversation, join the community!

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Are Your Management Skills Up to Par?

Aaron: Rather than point out what’s wrong with this management style or that, let’s talk about how a good manager operates. In fact, let’s come up with a list of 10 questions to ask yourself to determine if you are a good manager. Terry, based on your experience as a manager, an employee, and as a consultant, what’s your first question for a manager to ask themselves?

  1. Could you announce today that you need to take an unscheduled trip for two weeks and you won’t be available by phone, email, Skype or social media… and be confident the wheels won’t fall off the wagon?
  2. What was the last employee suggestion that you implemented in your business? In case that was a fluke, what was the one before that?
  3. Have you ever said at work, “That was my mistake? This is totally on me.”
  4. When you fired an employee, was it a surprise to them?
  5. When was the last time you thanked an employee for their effort, their idea, their hard work, saving the company money, etc.? Be honest here.
  6. Does every compliment you give include the word “but” in the middle?
  7. Do you have a comprehensive training program and plan?
  8. Can you operate at 100% efficiency when anyone employee leaves for any reason?
  9. Is there one employee on your staff who should likely be invited to leave?
  10. What is your reaction when an employee made a decision that didn’t end well?

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