Managing people is extremely challenging and rewarding at the same time and it is a requirement to have to adjust your management skills depending on who you manage.
Do you manage the same way new Managers? Top Performers? Experts? Experienced Managers? Managing one category or another is not quite the same and each one obviously requires a different comprehension and approach.
NEW MANAGERS – Either be a person who has been hired from outside a company, or a person who has received a promotion from within the company, both types of managers must be properly oriented and trained when moving to their new positions.
TOP PERFORMERS – How do you move your company to drive results and take a prominent place in the market? By engaging your top performers. You need to recognize who your top performers are, how they're different from other employees, and how to ensure they maintain a deep connection with their work.
EXPERTS – As a manager, you'll often find yourself managing people with knowledge, skills, and expertise you don't have, in areas you're unfamiliar with. However, you have to rely heavily on experts for the in-depth knowledge needed to meet goals and get the job done. Because experts have a certain amount of control over work completion, getting the most out of your experts can sometimes be difficult.
EXPERIENCED MANAGERS – Extremely valuable to an organization. With the experience and judgment they have developed over time, these managers can provide leadership and drive to guide the organization to new highs. So it's important that you devote time and other resources to ensuring their ongoing commitment to the organization's long-term and short-term goals.
So, don’t underestimate asking yourself the question of who you manage.
As a manager, what you want to achieve is: 1) Understand what each person wants from you and 2) Introduce strategies for providing the best possible work environment for them.
In a nutshell, this is Employee Engagement... Engaged Employees create Engaged Customers.
It is your role as a manager to understand what keeps your people engaged.
One size fits all in terms of managing people? What would you say?