10 Suggestions to be a Balanced Manager
Do you have a worry plant at work? It just might help you be a balanced manager…
I once heard a story, many years ago about a man who had a worry bush outside of his home, right next to the front door. Every evening prior to entering his home, where his sweet wife and young children were waiting, he would take the opportunity to rub the bushes leaves. Reminding him to leave all the concerns of the office outside of his home. As he walked through the door he could take a deep breath and then once inside he could focus completely on his family. He could be in the moment rather than dragging in the worries of the work day.
I wonder, however, if there should be TWO such bushes….
One at home to remind you not to carry work into your home environment and to be present when you are at home with your family
AND one at work… to remind you that your staff has the right to a level, even-tone, present supervisor and that you should start your day on a familiar tone so they don’t become gun-shy and “afraid” of the unknown.
This concept is balanced management. Your staff knows what to expect, they know that every single day you will walk through the doors of your business, organization, school or company with the same baseline attitude that you always do.
Follow these suggestions to create a balanced work environment and be a balanced manager:
- Make your work “baseline” attitude a habit.
- Use transparent and open communication.
- Spread Happiness.
- Trust your team. (Check out this blog on hiring the right people.)
- Recognize and celebrate.
- Remove anxiety by being predictable.
- Engage your staff. (Use your staff as a solution finding machine!)
- Have some fun.
- Focus on developing your staff.
- Get rid of the GOTCHA attitude.
Balanced management may require you to adjust your natural personality. It might mean taking some deep breaths and learning to watch and listen when you really want to talk. But if nothing else, start with a baby step.
Start each morning with the same positive attitude… every single day, and your team will learn to find comfort in knowing that when you walked through those doors you left all the concerns, anger, and frustration of life on the plant to the left of the door and you are ready to manage in a balanced and productive way.