Knowledge is key in business. It firms an integral part of the experience of an entrepreneur, manager and/or employee. Much as experience is a big deal in business, you don’t necessarily have it come by it by yourself, you can learn from what others have done and gone though. This is especially so for people who are in your line line/field. Learning from others is its own form of wisdom.
Some of these people share their thoughts and experiences in books. They have written about some of the best managers and their tactics. Books are not the only sources of this knowledge you need to be a top manager. Herein are tips on things to do to become the sought-after manager you wish to be.
Develop a reading habit
To grow, you need to learn. Your experience is not enough to handle all issues as from time to time, you would be blindside by issues that you haven’t encountered before. The issue however might be one already faced and passed by another manager who has written about. Read, learn and afford yourself a chance to see things from multiple perspectives.
Go for bespoke classes
Business schools, institutes and even firms now have bespoke classes for managers and others in leadership roles. These classes are usually created after a period of research, sometimes years, on the part of the programme coordinators. They usually involve contemporary issues and changes in the managerial fields.
Listen to your subordinates
As a manager, you should look for feedback too. You are not infallible neither are you an absolute store of knowledge. Look to getting suggestions from your subordinates. This has multiple advantages. You have a team you can trust, you aid the growth of your team members and you promote seizing initiative and being proactive; all win-win situations.
Develop your time-management skills
This is very key to your development as a manager. Time is infinite but no so for anyone. There would always be things to attend to, all demanding immediate attention. The only to get things done efficiently and effectively is to make sure time is alloted appropriately. The tasks have to be grouped, shared and also done within particular timeframes. What can be done simultaneously with another should not be separated for later etc. Know how much is available and how to use it effectively.
Understand the business/field you’re in
This is mostly a tip to constantly stay in touch with the changes in your field. Innovations are constantly occurring and you have to keep abreast of them or find yourself obsolete. Obsolescence is the enemy of relevance and is a product of an inability or refusal to grow; to stay in touch. As a manager, know what business you’re in to and how to incorporate the changes happening into your own business without losing your identity.