Sean Johnson

On the road to becoming a better manager

2008 is going to see yours truly try to become less of a managerial incompetent. Here’s what I’m doing so far towards that end.

One of my primary goals for 2008 is to become a better maanger. Historically I’ve tended to either:

  1. not delegate at all
  2. delegate without providing much instruction or coaching, then take the project over when they didn’t magically read my mind and guess what I needed
  3. give it to someone and not manage it at all – completely abdicate responsibility

Obviously, I have a lot of work to do. The one thing that my freelancers and team members have said that was positive was that they enjoy working with me on a personal level. I’m a fairly easy guy to get along with, and they like that I’m not stuffy and overbearing and “manager-y”. Which is nice to know.

But in order to become a more effective businessperson, I’m going to need to learn how to develop my management acumen considerably.

I’m only about three weeks into things, but I feel like I’ve started to make a tiny bit of progress. Specifically, the following are some subtle changes I’ve made in my management style that I’m hoping will pay dividends in the long run.

Like I said, I’m about three weeks into this new initiative, and I know I’ve got a long way to go. I’m excited to see what happens in the coming months.

What about you? Do you manage people? What strategies and skills have you found helpful in motivating your team and being effective as a manger? I’d love to hear them.

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