In managing, instead of leading and developing a business, it is often equated with controls. When they are able to put in strict controls on everything that happens in a business organization, then the manager feels more secure and comfortable. In Senior Managements, this is especially true becomes controlling and directing becomes so severe that it erodes any creative freedom for the middle managers in order to work towards achieving the goals that have been set out for them.
Keep reading to learn a few simple prescriptions in order to get the best out of your managers.
Centralizing Decision Making Should be Avoided
This is considered as one of the best ways to achieve total control. If you centralize decision making, you feel as if you will be able to avoid wrong decisions. To some extent, this may be true but who will be there to prevent you from your own wrong decisions? Unless your managers are able to make mistakes and learn from them you will never be able to develop expertise through experience. Centralizing decision making is also the surest method to kill your business growth.
The Importance of an Efficient Work Space
The top management often entrust tasks and responsibilities to their subordinate managers. Most of the time, they would discuss any specific time frames which are comfortable to achieve the tasks or responsibilities. But you start chasing your subordinate for action and results because of their anxiety, aggressiveness, and sometimes over enthusiasm. If you do it too soon and too often you are severely limited the working space of your managers. Spending more time complying with your commands is what they might end up doing instead of just focusing on operational priorities and important tasks.
To escape from your frequent and aggressive follow ups, important tasks may be getting neglected if you are not providing sufficient working space for your managers and you are surely heading towards disaster.
Why You Should Listen to Your Managers
While experience is an asset it also makes one arrogant and conceited. Sometimes, one would tend to believe that he is always right just because he is the superior. On posters is where ‘the boss is always right’ would only look good. It doesn’t work if you want to build a Professional organization.
Cultivate the ability to listen to the voice of your managers. Most times they know better as they are more familiar with the ground realities. You will have clerks in the guise of managers as you have killed their initiative if you decide on their behalf and just issue orders.
Avoid Getting into the Nitty Gritties
Once broad goals and objectives are set with specific time frames and key results are outlined leave your managers to perform. You may be sure to mess up the entire process and the results as well if you get into too many details and meddle with the execution at every stage.
The key to managing effectively is to empower people across the management structure so that they feel part of the responsibility and ownership.