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Is it really hard managing a group of people?

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Jim’s Answer

If you earn the respect of your employees they will go above and beyond for you. Im my management career I never asked my folks to do anything I wouldnt do myself. In 20 years I can honestly say I never told an employee to do anything, I asked. There are managers who do quite well ruling through fear however, those who rule through respect get more productivity and less turnover. I worked with my folks side by side as often as I could to educate them and get to know them. You must take the time to learn who they are and their capabilites. Everybody is good at something and its your job to figure that out so you put the right people in the right places. Reward their strengths and build upon their weaknesses. Keep them informed of the big picture and how they fit into it. Help them to develop their careers to surpass even your own. Once you know your folks and build a foundation of mutual trust and respect, its a breeze and very rewarding.


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Joanna’s Answer

It can be both challenging & fun to manage other people. A clear focus and good communication help to build trust with your team and you. You should also be a good listener and willing to look at things from a different perspective. It's rewarding to watch your team grown and be successful.


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Samira’s Answer

There is no science in managing people, it takes listening skills. As a person you will have good days and bad days it is important for a person who manages to be able to transition between work and personal life, so that employees are not overwhelmed. One has to be managed in order to manage. It take love and compassion.


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Simon’s Answer

Most of the answers have given you the basics ... good communications, share your goals, feedback to your team etc., but being a great manager you need to understand personality types and cultures. Every person must be managed according to their personalities. Managing someone who needs quick concise direction with a lot of "feelings" or "details" doesn't work. There are many personality tools, but a favorite one is Insigniam which is simple (four colors representing personality types). Once you understand the 4 personalities, you can figure out the personalities of your team (with some conversations) and mange to their personality types.
Secondly, cultural differences can create management challenges. You need to be flexible in your communication approach...foreign countries have different communications techniques and priority. Some cultures are heavy relationship orientated (South America and Africa, Far East) and some are very task/direction oriented (Northern European)... the US and England are close to the middle.. Managing someone who has a strong relationship requirements using a task list and hands off approach probably will not work either.
Managing people is rewarding and the only way to get large tasks done, but managing people is hard, and there are a lot of poor managers out there. Start slowly and build up your expertise. Good luck.


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EK’s Answer

Managing a group of people can be fulfilling, rewarding and at times difficult. First thing, earning respect of your employees is vital, having the knowledge and the know how to be able manage a team is also very important. Just because you may be the “boss” does not mean you necessarily know it all. A good thing to remember is that a good leader knows how to listen, communicate and sometimes take a step back. Learn what the individuals in your team are capable of doing. You will be surprised about how the company can flourish. Stay opened minded and remember being a leader does not mean everything revolves around what you want. It is a team effort and what is good for the company.


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Jody’s Answer

It is not hard to manage a group of people, if managing or having your own business something you want then its all up to you to be successful in that. Its not the easiest thing to do but as long as you have good communication, and know how to delegate differebt people from different backgrounds and skill sets you will be fine. Also making sure you have respect from all your employees if you dont have the respect it will be harder but just be good with communication and delegating you will be successful in your own business.


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Paul’s Answer

It can be hard if you are not a good boss. Strong, Honest communication is the best foundation.


Managing people can be a lot of fun. Enabling people to achieve more than they think is possible is very rewarding.


Don't forget to have fun and make sure that your employees have fun as well. It is contageous.


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David’s Answer

It is not hard to manage a group of people. The key to successful management is clear communication.


It is important that the people you manage know what the goals of the business are. It is also crucial that each member of your team are aware of their respective responsibilities in achieving those goals.


It is important that as a manager, you listen to your team more than tell them what to do. You will rely on them to do most of the work, so their opinions and ideas have value.


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Nick’s Answer

Managing people can be challenging at times, but if you are prepared for it, it is not a difficult job.
Get to know your team, what their interests are inside and outside of work. Know what they're skilled at. What their goals are and what motivates them. Coach to this. Have regular 1 on 1's with you team to get to know how they like to be coached. I once read that the platinum rule is to treat people the way they want to be treated. You may have a message to deliver across your team, but you have to take into consideration who you are speaking to, their background and ways they like to learn/be developed, and culture in order to deliver that message with the greatest impact.

Managing people is being a leader to them. Support them, develop them, help them improve their skills to deal with the challenges they face in their jobs. Build a good culture in your team: Communication, feedback, initiative, independence, development, teamwork.


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Samira’s Answer

There no science in managing people takes listening skills. As a person you will have good days and bad days it is important for a person who manages to be able to transition between work and personal life, so that employees are not overwhelmed. One has to be managed in order to manage. It take love and compassion.


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DeAndre’s Answer

It is not. You must first build a culture of trust among your team, where they feel safe and no that you have their best interest. Keep lines of communication open and establish clear cut roles and objectives. Everyone must see how they play a role in the success of the team and organization. Understand that you may not be able to manage everyone the same way because everyone is not motivated by the same things.


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Gary’s Answer

Hi,
As a former small business owner, it can be hard managing people but it can be fun and rewarding too.
I am a Trainer/Coach in my job now and I am challenged everyday with questions, juggling multiple duties and more. Sometimes it is exhausting but most of the time is is fun and rewarding.
The 2 answers you have above are important, CLEAR communication is the most important thing in dealing with people. Also, treating people with respect and as you would want to be treated is important. I try to be understanding in all my dealings with people and sometimes I have to be tough and tell someone when they are not meeting the expectations too.


Good luck! :)


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