Friday, January 8, 2010

How to be “IN CHARGE”

The dilemma many a manager face in planning, organizing, implementing and controlling their assignment is their feeling as if they are not “in charge” of the things and remain worried about it more than the actual things. As a result, the lose concentration, focus and are unable to realize their goals. This happens when one is not “in charge”. While the solution is very simple, it needs a resolve and commitment on the part of the managers. Let us see how.
  • Be a Leader: Although by appointment and designation one is a manager, one needs to be a leader first. It will only be then your teammates and co-workers would gather around you and “follow” you for better or worse. Look around and see for yourself why certain managers are more successful – they are revered for their leadership qualities. Their colleagues and subordinates feel attracted to them and give in their willing response in whatever they are called to do. But at the same time remember you don’t have to announce that you are a leader, you have to prove it to others by your deeds, actions and even through your body language. Don’t appear pulled down, looking for crutches or the management for answers to your problems – be “in charge” and look like one. That’s the first step and that’s something that would make the difference.

  • Be a Communicator: Unless a leader is a good communicator, he cannot assemble people to listen to him. If he cannot communicate – he cannot motivate. So sharpen your communication skills. Practice communicating by solving a problem through different techniques so that if one technique doesn't accrue desired results, you have a few other options up your sleeve. Let there be two way communication, both vertical and horizontal so that everyone understands you, you vision and your goals. Once you do that, you are in a much better position to motivate them for drawing their willingness to work with you and for you.

  • Be a Motivator: If you really have leadership qualities, you will be a good motivator as well. As I wrote in one of my earlier posts, “Leaders do not push or pull – they don’t even motivate. They simply create an environment in which people motivate themselves.” So create that environment, wherein your team automatically elevate their esteem and spirits to work for you.

  • Team Selection: If you have been able to demonstrate your leadership qualities, then you would know what kind of people you would like in your team – look for willing, extroverts with a shine in their eyes. People who would be willing to follow you whenever and wherever called upon. A like minded group of colleagues and co-workers should form your team to take on the assignment at hand.

  • Team Building: Next comes the team building – this is most important. Even if you draw their support, they need to be embedded into a perfectly grind machine work. There are no individuals in a team. Every member of the team works for the team and not for personal gains. No one is “I” or “me” – everyone begins with “we” or “us”. A team is  thus a group of highly motivated, efficient, trained and honest workers working hands in glove for the attainment of a common goal. That’s the team that would win you your goals.

  • Be Good at Finance Management: When given a project, you would be allocated a certain sum of money and resources. But remember the one who is giving you money is not doing it so that you go partying with your team. What he wants from you is to return him any multiples of the same since he is not only to run his business, but also to stay in it and be competitive. So be proficient in handling financial matter – spend less, bring more profit.

  • Efficient Time Management: In business, time is money – any amount of time wasted wastes money. Be good at managing the time at our disposal. Plan in a manner that you realize your goals in the least permissible or possible time. There will be spare time to rejoice and relax if you are productive. So when at work, devote yourself fully to the project to reach to your goals. However remember, time management doesn’t mean killing your self to beyond the limits, ignoring friends and family. Time management means apportioning time for everything and yet still be productive and successful.

  • Learn and Improve Skills in the Process: The more one is focused and dedicated to one’s job and assignment, the more one learns. The more one learns, the more he one becomes aware of one’s shortcomings and strengths. Everyday take a time out, review your day and analyze why you lagged behind on a certain aspect. And find ways and means to improving upon it the next day. Don’t be shy of hiding your weakness like an ostrich – those who learn the hard way, never commit mistakes again.

  • These are some of the tips that can ensure a place for you in your organization and let people know that who really is “IN CHARGE.”

    Relevant Reading:

    Time Management

    How to be in charge of your life


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