“Books you don’t read will not help you. Training you don’t take will not change your life. Your business will only improve, if you improve”. I thought of this quote recently, when I trained a class of young managers. At the end of the day, they sat there a bit shocked to find out that “there is so much to know about managing and communicating with people”.
I agree, there is a lot to learn and apply. However, you know what happens when people become overwhelmed with the amount of info and knowledge.
So, here are my tips how to persevere and keep focused on improving your managing skills:
1. Take one step at the time, i.e. walk before you run
Do not try to change or cover everything at the same time. Focus on one — two things you want to change. When they are achieved, take on another one. After that one is done, take on another one. Keep going one by one. It will have a snow ball effect. This way you will have small wins, you will be motivated by achieving each goal and feel more confident to start a new one. It is the same as if you wanted to eat a melon. You cannot stuff it in you mouth in one piece. You need to slice it up. Take e.g. setting goals and focus on it. Make sure you give your staff well defined goals and tasks. Once that becomes automatic, basically your good habit, move on to improving next thing. I have seen many people getting frustrated, overwhelmed and give up eventually when they tried to do everything at once. They usually back off and rather do nothing. Therefere, you need to focus on each skill individually.
If you want to become a better manager you need to read non fiction books. Get yourself a good book on management or communication. If you find management books boring there is an alternative to read biographies of successful people. Learn from them how they succeeded, how they overcame obstacles and persevered. It is very inspiring. Audio books are a great option if you travel a lot. Reading is the key to growing and improving!!!
3. Get trained
Training will help you experience situations and role plays in a safe environment. You will be able to discuss, see other participants in similar situations and get feedback without any risks. If you combine it with getting a personal coach it is the best you can do for improving your managment skills.
Remember, there are no mistakes or failures, they are feedback to help you do things better.