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Taking over a management position - Part 2

Written by Kathryn Moura.

Successful management does not grow overnight. When good principles are implemented, management is strengthened.  Three key areas are highlighted below.

First, observe accountability structures. Managers are responsible to ensure structures are clearly outlined and maintained. Staff should know who they are accountable to and what their job description is. Maintaining clear accountability structures is vital for the optimal functioning of the organisation. For example, a staff member might come to you saying that they prefer talking to you because you are more approachable than their supervisor.  Although this might be somewhat flattering to you, there is danger in overstepping the accountability line. Referring staff members back to their line of accountability and encouraging all members to observe similar procedures, will contribute towards optimal team, departmental and/or organisational functioning. 

Taking over a management position - Part 1

Written by Kathryn Moura.

Taking over a management position can be challenging yet there are a few principles you can apply to ensure a smooth transition when settling into your new role.

First, understand yourself. Understanding your personality, the way in which you work, what you enjoy and don’t enjoy and what you do best is key to successful management. Knowing yourself enables you to be clear about your management style to staff. It also assists you in determining what you could assign to others and what not to delegate.

Second, clarify expectations. An open discussion with your team, department or organisation on the expectations they have of your management  has the potential to diminish potential misunderstandings. Clearly outlining what staff expects from you and you expect from them can be eye opening, contributing to open communication.

The value of self

Written by Kathryn Moura.

Have you stopped a moment in the day to value and appreciate yourself? The way in which we see ourselves has a great impact on our relationships with others.  Insecurities, fears, lack of acceptance of our physical appearance or personal traits can all reflect on the way we communicate with and come across to others.   It doesn’t matter what profession you are in, the person you carry with you every day is yourself.

Effective Conversations

Written by Kathryn Moura.

Have you had a good conversation with someone where you really felt connected? Effective conversations are built on the conversations we have, not the ones we don’t have.  Looking back in my life I had a few moments like these and the reasons for the success of these conversations were simple yet extremely effective. First, communicating your thoughts. Second, allowing the other person to speak without interruption and third, being open to learn from the other person.  

Cultural Awareness

Written by Kathryn Moura.

 “When you drop a pebble into a pond, ripples spread out, changing all the water in the pool.” Neal Shusterman

In our busy lives, we can get so caught up in our own little world and lose sight of the bigger picture, of others and of the needs around us. The focus of an affluent society such as ours tends to lean towards the importance of reaching financial goals and achieving financial security. This investment mostly benefits ourselves and/or our immediate family.

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Successful management does not grow overnight. When good principles are implemented, management is strengthened.  Three key areas are highlighted below. First, observe accountability structures. Managers are responsible to ensure structures are...

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Taking over...

Taking over a management position can be challenging yet there are a few principles you can apply to ensure a smooth transition when settling into your new role. First, understand yourself....