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What Are The Five Best Practices For Managers?


by Larry Sternberg, President at Talent Plus, Inc.

Recently, an associate asked if I had an opinion about the answer to the title question, “What are the five best practices for managers?” An Amazon search returned 883,801 books on management. A Google search on “Best Practices for Managers” returned 37,100,000 results. Many of those books and articles were written by highly regarded authorities from academia, business, and government.

You’d think this question would have been answered definitely by now.

But people continue to search for the answer.

Perhaps they’re searching in the wrong place.

What if there is no answer? What if there is no recipe, no formula, no definitive set of techniques that empowers every individual to excel as a manager?

Every person has a unique set of gifts. Call them aptitudes, talents, or natural abilities. Every person has natural and consistent patterns of thoughts, feelings and behavioral propensities.And therefore, each person creates his or her success in their own unique way.  

That’s why there’s not one definitive set of best practices. That’s why you can’t just look it up in a book. Many of the prescribed behaviors don’t come naturally to you.

So here’s what you need to do. Understand your own unique set of talents and behavioral propensities. Make yourself keenly aware of the kinds of activities you enjoy doing and naturally do well. Think about how you can use those strengths to create success as a manager.

Then, think about the kind of employees who are a good fit for your unique, natural style. When selecting new team members, look for employees who fit that model.

When you read books and articles on being a better manager, identify the practices that fit your natural style. When you visualize yourself doing these practices you’ll look forward to trying them. Those are the practices that will elevate your performance as a manager.

Then, try those practices and see which ones work for you. And listen to your results. If you’re getting the results you want, keep doing what you’re doing. Otherwise change something.

You’re in the laboratory every day. If you pay attention, you’ll learn more in your laboratory than you’ll learn from the next book.

Thanks to Trisha Berry for suggesting this topic.

And thanks for reading. As always, I welcome your thoughts.

Larry Sternberg

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