Fixing Common Management Mistakes
By George Anderson
Ann Hawley Stevens, managing partner with the ClearRock executive coaching and outplacement firm, told The Associated Press there are five common mistakes managers make
today that can be easily corrected to improve organizational performance.
The mistakes on Ms. Stevens list include:
- Managing by memo and email – It may be faster to send notes but face-to-face contact helps reduce miscommunications and tears down barriers between managers and workers.
- Taking a pass on meetings – There may never seem to be enough time, but making time for staff meetings can improve communication throughout a business group.
- Not celebrating successes – Recognition of the accomplishments of individuals and groups goes a long way in building morale.
- Managing by the numbers – No two people are alike. To help employees reach their potential, managers need to understand the differences between how individuals work and what
they want for themselves.
- Going it alone – Asking for help and advice is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. The goal is to achieve the objectives for the business. Great managers do not
lose sight of this. Involving employees provides insights from a different perspective and creates a sense of joined performance among team members.
Moderator’s Comment: What new items or insights would you add to this list of common managing mistakes that can be corrected to improve organizational
performance within most businesses? –
George Anderson – Moderator