In my ideal world, I could order people around, period. I wouldn’t be mean. I’d just tell them what had to get done. And they wouldn’t take offense.
Back to reality. Managers have egos and don’t like a bossy boss. My people prefer it when I ask for their input, drop hints of what I think works best and express my commands as suggestions.
Your ideas, please
It may take an extra few minutes, but before giving directions I solicit an employee’s opinion about the task at hand. I listen and try to ask a follow-up question to prove it.
Then I can tie what they’ve said to what I need done. And they figure it was their idea, not mine.
I make sure never to dismiss their opinions. I recall what a friend told me about low back pain: No one knows what ...(register to read more)