As crazy as it may sound one of the best ways to manage is by walking around. There are 3 simple and easy tasks you can do while walking around to manage your team better. These simple 3 actions will improve morale, production and team building pride!
First, look for things your team is doing right. When you find them, see them or hear them praise the person responsible right away and in front of as many people as possible. Make sure your praise is sincere, honest and to the point. Don’t overdo it praise only the actions you have overseen that you want to be repeated again.
Second, take the time to talk to your team about their interests. Ask them questions about them. A couple of really easy ones are, how was your weekend or what are you doing this weekend. This isn’t to be buddy, buddy with them. It is just to show genuine concern in them for who they are. To show interest in their families, hobbies and other activites.
Third, look for ways to clean up, organize or help with tasks to make your teams work environment a better place to be. This is a great way walk your talk by taking action to help improve their work spaces.
Depending on the size of your team you can do this once a day or a couple times a week. If you manage enough people you could do a department a day. It is important to be consistent and sincere to achieve great results! Remember to have fun.
Louie spoke at Lake Zurich High School for an 88 minute live presentation. He brought a car in and demonstrated general maintenance/safety items (ie: tire changing, jumper cables, fluid top offs…etc). The school did it as an in-school field trip. “Hi Louie and Steve, Just wanted to say thank you again for coming this morning to talk to my classes! To be honest I had no idea you spoke about so many different topics and could bring so much information and diversity to the experience, I really appreciated it. I know it took some of the kids by surprise too, but I think that made it even more effective. I can’t wait to hear their reactions tomorrow, I’ve never seen them shake hands with the guest speaker before so I know you impacted some (if not all) on some level!! I’d love for you both to return next semester if you are willing and able. I’ll only have one class so it will be easier to get them under the hood more and have an open conversation.”Lauren Engelhardt
“This day gave me a better understanding of my perspective on different areas of my life. It also gave me tools to manage where I invision my situation more clearly.”Linda K
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