How to be a more effective manager: 12 top tips and tools

How to be a more effective manager
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Welcome to our comprehensive guide to being a more effective manager.

In today’s fast-paced and dynamic workplaces, effective management requires more than just role-specific knowledge and performance abilities. It demands a strategic combination of productivity tools and soft skills that can empower managers to work smarter, enhance team collaboration, and achieve remarkable results.

Whether you’re a seasoned manager looking to refine your approach or an aspiring leader aiming to harness the right methods from the start, this guide is your ultimate resource to the strategies that we have found to be most effective in our work with managers at all levels.

Join us as we delve into a curated selection of tools, exercises and approaches to help you work smarter not harder, that are tailored to meet the unique challenges faced by modern managers.

From delegation to communication, meetings to productivity, we’ll explore a diverse toolkit that can elevate your managerial prowess to foster a culture of growth, empowerment, and collaboration, that can drive both personal and organisational success.

Let’s embark on this journey to discover how simple practices can amplify your effectiveness and revolutionise the way you lead and manage.

Productivity tips

6 Productivity tips that work and last, including how to do email better.

How to work out what to prioritise: use the Impact Effort Matrix.

Protecting your time

Too many meetings? Here’s 8 ways to cut down.

Are interruptions breaking your day? Hereโ€™s what to do about it.

Managing your team

Get better at delegating. Here’s how.

Three surprising questions that build staff engagement.

Better communication

How to make sure people hear what you say.

4 tools for better conversations with your team.

Stop avoiding difficult conversations.

Getting to the feedback that actually makes a difference.

Essential tools for building mindset, agency and performance

Circles of Influence. A tool that shows why you have more power than you think.

Make the boat go faster. A tool for improving team performance.

By adopting the strategies, insights, and tools outlined here, you’re equipped to navigate the complexities of leadership with confidence.

Remember, being an effective manager is not just about optimizing processes and achieving targets; it’s about fostering a culture of growth, empowerment, and collaboration.

As you continue to refine your skills, never underestimate the impact of empathy, continuous learning, and adaptability. Embrace the challenges, celebrate the victories, and keep pushing the boundaries of your leadership capabilities. The road ahead is rich with possibilities, and the tools we have outlined here will help to steer your team and organisation towards a future of sustained success.

At Then Somehow we help managers in organisations build emotional literacy, increase empathy, and help you see the world differently, giving you practical tools to shift the stuff thatโ€™s stuck.

If youโ€™d like to discuss how we can help your organisation perform better, get in touch here.

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