Running a Business

Management Strategies: Good in Theory but Not So Practical

There are a few management strategies that sound splendid when spoken about but are quite the opposite when practiced.

As a manager you may want to do the best for your employees and help them blend in well but since you have heard so many theories about what to do and what not to do, you are bound to put them into practice as well. What you don’t realize is that not everything will work in your favor and that sometimes, even though you mean well, you lead the company into disaster with your actions.

Find out some such actions:

Not Delegating

Being responsible is one thing and refusing to delegate is completely different. Of course you should be responsible but that doesn’t mean you do everything by yourself and simply refuse to trust others. You need time to explore more opportunities and to focus on your goal. You need to trust your employees!

Answering

You may think that you are helping your employees by immediately answering their questions but you are actually doing the opposite. How will your employees grow if they always get ready-made answers from you? Instead of helping them by giving them straight and direct answers, experts say that you should encourage them to self-evaluate. Ask them for possible solutions to the problem and learn their thinking process. This will enable you to lead them in the right direction. Train them to think.

Awarding too Easily

There is no need to reward your employees just because they did what you asked them to. Make rewards special and grant them only when they go out on a limb or take initiative.

Stopping Projects in the Middle

You may have to scrap a project because it is not working out but at no point should you stop it or end it in such a manner that it hurts your employees. Your employees should never feel like their efforts were wasted. Demoralizing is the last thing you should do. Even if the project has to be abandoned, let your employees know that you truly value their effort.

Not Letting Employees Move out of their Comfort Zone

Gluing an employee to just one department is wrong. He may be the best in that department but that doesn’t mean you keep him there. It is important to let him come out of that comfort zone and enter other departments as well. This will help him learn and it will help you grow as a company because in this way you will have employees who can multi-task.

Most managers think these are helpful, which is why they do it. You know better now.

Entrepreneurial Learning

Some management strategies are only good when heard. They are disasters when put into practice. You should be able to identify these and stop doing them immediately so that you don’t lead the company into destruction.

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