I think every manager wants more productivity. We hope that every person seeks to improve their productivity. I saw this infographic on LinkedIn this morning and thought it had some good tips and I wanted to share that with my readers.
While the title is misleading, positive versus productive, it also touches little on what it takes to improve the “soft skills” necessary to function as part of a team and a team leader.
1) For both a team member and a team leader, goals need to be set that are measurable, realistic and achievable. Accountability is an important metric in the workplace because it establishes balance among the team and gives managers KPIs for the team and ultimately themselves.
2) When things go wrong, and they always do, don’t place blame – learn the lesson. Poor managers seek to blame the team or individual team members when projects fail or don’t meet their goals. Good managers, ensure that team members fully understand what went wrong and why, then the manager owns his part of the downfall. The focus shifts from finding a scapegoat to making sure the same mistakes don’t happen again.
3) Ideas for change should always be encouraged. When we look at all of the project management methods in use today, change is something that should be welcomed. Yes, change management is vitally important to the success of any project but the overall goal should be to please the enduser. Delivering products that fall short of this goal, even though it’s on time and on budget, won’t cut the mustard.
4) Cry freedom! Why do managers hire employees and then not let them live up to their full potential? People, especially creative ones, don’t fall into those nice cookie-cutter models that managers sometime envision in their minds. Let employees do their jobs, giving them as much latitude as possible to explore using new tools and methods. The worst thing ever said in the workplace? “We’ve always done it that way”.