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The Top 5 Management Tips

By Amy Brann

The first management training tip is to manage yourself first and others second. Sometimes people jump in with managing other people first, which I think, can be a mistake. There are many benefits to managing yourself first and becoming a brilliant manager of yourself. You will not just get better results, which will then spur on your team but you’ll be a great example in general if you’re able to do things the way that you’re encouraging other people to do them.

If you’re also able to manage your time well, your emotions well and your state well then the results that you get will be far more inspirational to others. Management Trainings now cannot afford not to be teaching the latest brain science, which enables us to do this far more elegantly.
The second tip links in to this and it is to actually become an exquisite state manager.

Managing your own emotional state is something that can be quite challenging when you’re starting out to do. Old schools of thought are that ‘some people are just irritable’ or ‘some people are naturally full of energy’. Now, through understanding more advanced management training you can get great results because you know how important your state is to the actions that you take.

Being able get your state really in control, utilizes and leverages the emotions that you have to make you more productive and efficient, these are the great things to aim for. Be wary of a management training that only teaches a series of ‘what’s’ to do. Differing states make a ‘cookie cutter’ approach quite dangerous.

The third tip is to seek to understand someone. In management sometimes people can be time challenged or energy challenged and the temptation can be to rush in with an answer or a resolution. This can be detrimental so first seeking to understand what is going on for a person or what is needed in the situation. The benefits of doing this can be worth the time ten folds over. Getting clear on what’s going on for other people before you try and manage them to a solution is the third tip.

The fourth tip is to have goals that stretch you. The brain loves goals and it loves things that it is working towards and challenging it. It especially loves things that stretch it. It’s a very careful balance when doing something that is too much of a stretch and the brain thinks that it’s unachievable in many ways and a stretch that is exciting to the brain.

Finding that balance between that something that is a good stretch but not too much of a stretch that can be brilliant and bring a lot of benefits as you work forward and as you try to achieve more than you have ever achieved before. Management trainings that have some neuroscience backing to them will cover how to find that balance.

The final tip is to forgive others and give people the benefit of the doubt. This has many benefits from a relationship building perspective. The brain hates to be judged, individuals hates being judged and hate feeling like they’re not good enough. The more you’re able to forgive people for mistakes that they may make, the easier it is for people to come to you when they need help and to come to you when they have made a mistake. They need to learn something from it but if they feel condemned and you’re going to be harsh on them then the less that they’ll come to you and the less that they’ll be able to learn from these opportunities.

Sometimes giving people the benefit of the doubt can lead overall to an easier life rather than thinking that someone is just doing something to irritate you. For example, an unwashed cup in a communal area. Rather than thinking that the individual doesn’t wash their cup just to irritate you, imagine that it’s something else. That may be a long time management strategy or it may be a short term until you talk to them about it and seek to understand. In the short term it can certainly bring a bit more peace of mind and better state control. As for all of these things, a degree of flexibility is important and you’re using things to work best for you and for others. These would be the 5 top tips for management training.

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