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4 surprising tips for managers

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You have management advice coming at you from all different directions, but here are four bits of advice you may not have heard. And if you have, they are definitely worth reading again.

  1. Don’t just focus on what your team should be doing. While you definitely need to do that, you should also spend time figuring out what they shouldn’t be doing. Outline those activities that have the most impact on your bottom line, and eliminate the time- and energy-wasting tasks.
  2. Seek out trouble. Don’t wait for problems to fall in your lap. Dig around, and uncover issues early on before they escalate to full-blown problems.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. You know your own weaknesses. Stop ignoring them, and stop believing that “good enough” is OK. You owe it to yourself, your employees and your organization to become a better leader and employee.
  4. Put an end to hinting. Beating around the bush and subtle suggestions have no place in management. Be direct to ensure that people fully understand your expectations.

— Adapted from “The Most Important Advice for New Managers,” Alison Green, http://money.usnews.com.

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