Let me tell you about a story about when I worked for a company where I felt trapped. When I started with the company I felt like I belonged. My boss was very motivating. I wanted to achieve and I did really well. I got promoted within 6 months of being there to be a middle manager.
Things then changed. We were never recognized for the work we did. We were criticized and therefore did not feel valued. I didn’t enjoy going to work. I lacked confidence and energy. Now what I realise is that my manager didn’t know how to motivate the management team. Being a middle manager is really hard. Not only are we managing our team, but we are also managing upwards. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I wish I knew then what I know now. If I did, I would realise that my manager didn’t understand me or the others on the management team, and vice versa. She didn’t realise how to motivate us, what made us tick, how to adapt to our behaviour. We also didn’t realise how to influence her, how to work with her and how to adapt to her behaviour. We were all about emotions, we didn’t take the person as they were and adapt to their behaviour.
What I have learnt when managing upwards as well as managing a team is to treat people the way they want to be treated. Treat people with respect and adapt to them. You cannot do this if you don’t understand the way people tick and why they do what they do.
If you want to learn more and how to adapt to those people you work with, ask me to come in and work with you. I can organize on line assessments which are very practical in helping people work more effectively with each other. Behaviour breeds behaviour. Remember, people leave managers not companies. Do you want to retain your staff? If you do, understand them. Don’t be like my first company where we had 76% turnover of staff because the MD didn’t know how to motivate us and work with us. Take time to work with your middle managers and remember they have a hard time as they are managing upwards as well as their teams. My passion is to help middle managers motivate their teams and work effectively with others.
Contact me to find out how I can help you manage your team more effectively. Behavioural Styles can be booked as an in-house course or alternatively my next open workshop is in Bristol in October 2018 more details here.