So You’re the Boss

It Starts with You!  So, are you the boss?  If so, you need to make sure you’re dealing with all the different challenges going on in your company.  You’re busy. You’re trying to get a lot of work done.  You’re trying to hire as fast as you can.  You don’t want to turn work away. You want to take care of your customers.  But you need to be able to truly lead and step up when needed.

What are you doing to grow and learn?

– Exercising properly:  Optimal work-outs are 30-45 minutes, 3 times a week.
– Eating right:  Distribute food evenly across the day.  Eat snacks if needed.
– Mentally on point:  Don’t overwork yourself or pull yourself in too many directions.

You’re the boss.  Everyone is looking at you to see if you’re positive.  So take care of yourself and be the leader in your business.

Here are some of the challenges leaders have to face in this day and age:

Managing generations differently.
Generation Z are those born (roughly) between the years of 1995 through 2010.  This is the new generation starting in the workforce.  They are most eager to get rich and less interested in owning their own businesses.  They are competitive, pragmatic, anxious, and quiet.  They are also the most racially diverse generation in history.  They learn faster.  They have an extremely strong work ethic, but are scared they won’t get a good job.  They’ll do whatever they need to, in order to get the job done.  However, they have a hard time interacting one-on-one (possible due to technology?).

What does this mean if you’re the boss?
You’ll have learn to manage this generation differently than those in the past.  You’ll have to learn to change some of your workplace practices.  You’ll need to learn to communicate effectively with this new generation of workers, so your business can thrive, so your workers are happy, and so you can be the best leader possible.  You may need change your recruiting practices.  Get your team in a room and talk about how you’re recruiting now, and talk about the options to do it differently.  You may also need to develop relationships with local trade schools, sitting in on classes, to get to know the students.  This can also help with recruiting valuable employees when they’re ready to work.

Here are some tips for becoming a good manager:
– Teach employees how to feel comfortable with face-to-face interactions.
– Take some time to observe what your employees are doing, or how they’re feeling.
– Provide good feedback to your workers.
– Spend some time with your employees, actually helping them with problems so you understand what their challenges are.
– Set clear goals. Know the work your employees are performing, so overloading doesn’t happen.
– Don’t expect people to know all the answer in the moment.  Hire people who can find the right answer quickly.
– Don’t expect employees to be over prepared for meetings.
– Don’t mistakenly believe that everybody has to be in every meeting. Think about your meetings, how often you have these meetings, and who really needs to be there.
– Be willing to move ahead without having everything planned out in advance.
– Don’t intimidate employees who don’t share their ideas.  If you don’t see your team sharing with you, and you can’t figure out why, it means there’s a lack of trust and you’re creating fear.

Now, more than ever, bosses manage more.  They manage, on average, 9 direct reports.  This is super high.  Even 5 to 7 reports is high.  They are being spread too thin, so adjustments must be made.  Teams now are working on multiple projects and bosses feel they need to help everyone.  That’s not the case.  Protect your employees, and yourself, from being overloaded.  Learn to be in more control and teach your employees to protect themselves.  This makes for a great leader and a great team!

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