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Why You Shouldn’t Manage Your Team

11 March 2015

This is something I’ve seen happen to business owners in London all the time. When you try and figure out why your team isn’t getting the work done, you start to question and blame yourself – you assume that you are not effective at people management. So you seek out leadership workshops and seminars to learn how to lead and manage people more effectively.

However, the truth is, you can’t manage people. Trying to manage people is actually a flawed way of thinking.

In this video, I explain how to escape this mindset so you can learn how to actually get your team to help you build your business:

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Prefer to read rather than watch and listen? No problem – here’s everything I said in the video as text:

What I want to talk about today is your team.

It’s “So Hard” To Manage Your Team

I come across this very often when I am working with business owners that it is so hard to manage a team. It is so hard to get the jobs done at the right level and eventually what they do is they say, “I will do it myself because I can do it faster, I can do it better and I know exactly what kind of output I am after.”

You Don’t Manage People

Now there’s a distinction that I want you to make here. Basically that you as a business owner – as a manager and a leader – you do not manage people you manage their activities. It is really an important distinction for you to make. You do not manage people, you manage their activities. For you to efficiently and effectively manage the activities there are two things that you need.

The Two Things You Need to Manage People Efficiently And Effectively

First you need clarity; what are the activities that you want your team members to work on? How will you measure that those activities are actually being done? That is the first thing for effective team management – clarity of activities and then measurements.

The second thing is you need to manage a team effectively is communication or what I call rhythm. The rhythm of communication. What kind of rhythm do you have in your business whether it is on a daily basis, weekly basis, monthly basis? Ideally, it is daily or weekly as monthly is kind of quite late in the whole process.

Just to also clarify; having a quick conversation, having a quick chat is not the rhythm of communication. This is a system that you need to set in your business, which will actually help you effectively manage the activities of your team and get the results that you are really after.

I’ve talked before about team productivity and about essential elements of team meetings, but what are the other main problems you have had with team management or organising your employees? Let me know by commenting below and let’s see if I can help you.

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