How to Be a Manager

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Be a good manager by setting objectives for yourself and your employees, organizing work flow, understanding money and finances and understanding your own strengths and weaknesses. Focus on employee needs as a manager with tips from a business management consultant in this free video on management.

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I'm here today to talk to you about how to be a manager. Now management is about two things; effectiveness and efficiency. Effectiveness is about doing the right things whereas efficiency is about doing the right things right. Let's look at effectiveness first. Doing the right things; that means in practical terms, setting objectives for yourself and other people; getting people clear about what's wanted and what may need to do in order to be successful and things like that. Efficiency in other words doing things well is about organizing work flow; it's about decision making of choosing to use which result is to get the best out of whatever you do. It's about problem solving, when things do go wrong so that you can get it right first time and things like that. Now to be a successful manager, you need to be good at four things. It's actually knowing how business works and how you work around business. That's knowing about finance, accounting, numbers; using the numbers to get the work done. Something about yourself, knowing yourself so that you actually can get the best out of yourself and knowing about the people that you work with so you can get the best out of them; taking them by one; getting the best out of business. Good managers don't just understand their own business is but they take time to understand business in general. That's probably means reading financial newspapers, business magazines and keeping up to date with what's going on. They also understand money numbers and attempt to actually make them sales up, good at being on top of the financial aspects of what they do. If you're not really good at management numbers and dealing with numbers, the best you can get is attach yourself to someone really is good at that. Thirdly, a good manager understands their own strengths, weaknesses, flyables and other things like that so they're personally effective and can get the best out of their day. For example they're good at things like time management, decision-making. Finally, a good management really focuses on the people that they work with. What gets them out of bed? What gets them back into bed? And actually switching on the things that get them to work harder and designing work so that it's got less of the things that hack people off. They also understand so the things that really like people work best together, so that they can get best out of a team. I urge you to pay attention to all four things; getting the business right, getting the money right, getting yourself right and getting people right.

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