Here’s a guest post from my good friend Kimber. She’s been a manager at US Bank, a trainer for Cabelas, and a Human Resource Director of a home health company. When you want to talk about management, she’s got it in spades. Her advice is gold, and I’m very glad to have her contribution.
As a manager one must understand who they are, what they represent, how they fit in with the culture of their community and company, as well as what motivates them. In return we must challenge those who follow us to learn, embrace, and act upon the roads of development that led us to knowing what our purpose is in life personally and professionally.
As a leader and manager there must be a synergy and connection within a team. Being able to guide and develop individuals personally and professionally allows for deep relationships that yield efficiency, dedication, honesty, and growth. Managers and leaders must acknowledge that the world is ever-changing and that we all have something to learn each and every day. Diversity and inclusion are what make relationships work; however, the foundation of leadership and work relationships stem from the acknowledgement that we are purposeful, that we are worthwhile, and that we value one another.
These foundations are then fostered and grown by the giving and receiving of new skills, abilities, knowledge, and problem solving abilities. Actionable items that lead to finding out who your employees are and what drive them can be completed in five easy and efficient steps.
- Have each team member complete a bucket list. In an open and comfortable environment share to embrace similarities and differences of activities and relations to personality types.
- Promote work/life balance by encouraging team members to check items off of the list.
- Lead by example and get out in the world, check off some items, and make a difference.
- Don’t let the passion die. Revisit the list every few months and add to it. Share with those closest to you to ensure that you are growing both personally and professionally.
- Forget the excuses, forget the what-ifs, and forget what doesn’t help us grow. Hindrance is the worst enemy in creating and implementing change.