If you are seeking to develop your management skills, then you will find listed here some terrific links to articles and resources that offer plenty of practical tips and advice on all aspects of management.
Maybe you are a new manager seeking to develop a firm foundation of management skills. Or perhaps you are an experienced manager, seeking to add some polish to your existing skills set. Either way, you will find something here to interest you.
Like any set of skills - whether in business, sport or personal relationships - you can gain useful ideas, insights and principles from reading, but it is in their application that the deeper learning occurs.
Let's recognise that the opportunity for management skills development can also come from
- observing good management role models
- mentoring by an experienced manager
- participating in management skills training courses (we offer a public two day intensive Management course here in Melbourne on a regular basis)
But for now, some great advice and a wealth of tips that can help you develop your management skills:
- How to delegate - a clear guide to the steps to follow for effective delegation
- How to manage staff - if you're not used to people management, then this gives some great tips
- How to motivate employees - specific methods and strategies for getting employees switched-on and building morale in the workplace
- How to conduct the job interview - a clear summary of some of the essential steps in preparing and conducting the interview, so as to select the right person for the job
- Interview questions to ask - a great sample of behavioural questions
- Leadership styles - you have to be able to adjust the way you lead and manage different staff, and this article explains three different styles of leadership and when they may be appropriate
- Emotional intelligence - EI is now seen by many organisations as a better predictor of career success than IQ. An awareness of the emotions of yourself and others is essential for building healthy relationships.
- Performance review tips - some quick and simple tips to help you prepare and conduct the staff performance review
- How to run a meeting - sooner or later you may be asked to lead a meeting in the workplace, and this will help you understand what is expected of you
- Meeting tips - how to use the agenda and minutes
- Leadership qualities - a great insight into what qualities people look for in there leaders
- Management tips - six essential questions to ask your staff that will help you learn how to get the best out of them
- Management skills training - if you're looking for a short, practical management course (in Melbourne), this will help build your confidence and capability as a manager
- Positive thinking - you will need a positive attitude if you're going to handle the challenges and stresses of people management.
- Problem solving tips - no matter how good a manager you might be, you will still encounter problems. Here are some simple reminders about what to do
- Problem solving techniques - having a method or structured approach to finding a solution can be helpful
- How to manage change - given that organisation change is inevitable, you need to know how to engage your staff through the change process
- Building self-confidence - sometimes a lack of confidence can be an issue, particularly when we find ourselves in a new role, or facing new challenges
- Presentation tips - if you get nervous at the thought of public speaking, you're not alone. Here's some great tips on planning and delivering an effective presentation.
- Coaching model - a great framework for managers that can help guide the way you approach coaching your staff
- Team development - how to build teamwork and develop team effectiveness in your workgroup
- Mental toughness - developing the ability to persevere when facing difficult situations by controlling your thoughts
The development of your management skills is an on-going process. As you identify ways of improving your management capability, be careful that you don't try to change too much too quickly in yourself.
Gradual, steady and consistent development of your management skills with the application of one new idea at a time - this will more likely lead to sustained change and improvement.
By the way, you will also find some great resources at our Performance Development Blog, with more articles on Peak Performance and Leadership Skills for example.