The Orion Sword - July 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Be a Better Manager,
Attracting New Talent in a Competitive Market,
Management Quotes

Be a Better Manager

How to be a better managerPart of successfully managing others is to continually improve your own management skills. Below are ten things you can do to improve as a manager. By doing one of these ten things a day, you can become a better manager in two weeks.  
Select the best people: You are only as good as your team. When interviewing prospective employees, ask the right questions. Verify that they have the necessary skills for the job and that they can handle any stress that may come with the job. 

Motivate your team: People work for rewards, whether they are monetary rewards, recognition, or affirmation. Figure out what motivates each member of your team and how you can give it to them.
Build your team: Once you have motivated your team, they have to work together toward a common goal. Rewarding team performance, holding team meetings, and posting team news can help your employees see themselves as part of team. 

Be a leader: You should lead your team, in addition to managing them, by providing direction. Motivating them without giving them a goal can prove fruitless.
Improve as a communicator: Communication is possibly the most important skill a manager can have, and it can be improved though practice. Focus not on what you want to say, but what you want your audience to hear. 

Improve at managing money: Managing can also mean making sure that your team is bringing in more money than it is spending. Brush up on your financial skills by reading relevant articles and books. 
Manage time more effectively: The 80/20 rule states that 20% of the work you do consumes 80% of your time and resources. Use this principle to help you remember to focus 80% of your time on the 20% of the work that really matters. 
Improve yourself: Personal development is crucial in managing others. Instead of focusing solely on your employees, identify areas in which you are weak and could use improvement. 
Practice ethical management: Recent corporate scandals can serve as a reminder how important ethics are in business. 
Take a break: Recharging your batteries increases your productivity. Often you will more than make up for the time you took off. 
Management is a skill that can be learned. By focusing on one of the ten items listed above each day for ten days, you can be a better manager. You will learn how to build and motive your team while leading them to succes.

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Attracting New Talent in a Competitive Market

How to attract new talent in a competitive marketAttracting top talent continues to be difficult in spite of a softening economy. Demand for talent remains strong. Hiring authorities are finding that one key to attracting new talent is to match elements of their employee culture to the individual they are recruiting.
Some applicants are attracted to opportunities for professional growth. The prospect of new challenges and responsibility, like in company-sponsored programs like “mini-MBAs,” can be a determining factor in their choice of employer.
Another tactic is to offer amenities that make the employee more productive by enhancing the his or her health or making other personal responsibilities easier to accomplish. This can include employee health clubs and free lunches.
There are two ways to attract younger talent. One is to offer them unique opportunities previously reserved for older, more experienced employees. The other is to participate in the latest trend of allowing flexible schedules and locations.
Clarity of purpose and career path can also be attractive. Knowing that they will have access to senior-level executives for informal mentoring, feedback, advice, and coaching could be an important factor for some prospective employees. For others, opportunities for community service are appealing.
There are many recruiting tactics from which to choose. Promise the talent that you are recruiting programs, incentives, and amenities that jive not only with your company’s values, but those of the prospective employee, as well. It could be these “perks” that mean the difference between top talent accepting a position in your company or with another one.

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Management Quotes from Bright Minds

Management quotes from bright minds"Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish."
- Marcus Aurelius
"The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work."
— Agha Hasan Abedi
"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it."
— Andrew Carnegie
"Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life."
— Harvey Firestone
"We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
— T. S. Eliot
"The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been."
— Henry Kissinger
"There's a way to do it better—find it."
— Thomas Edison