by Todd Brown
Day-to-day management of freelancers and/or employees is not always a walk in the park. But, with a simple shift in your attitude, you can ensure you get and keep everyone on your team “right”.
Years ago, while working as a manager, director, and eventually vice president at a company that owned eight premium 40,000 sq. ft. health clubs, I learned a lesson about managing staff I’ll never forget.
It’s not only allowed me to better manage, control and lead a staff of employees; this same lesson has helped me maintain the sanity within many of my personal relationships.
It’s a principle based on eliminating the overwhelming cause of most ineffective management styles.
Sadly, most managers operate from a position of fear. Often, managers are afraid to say certain things to their staff for fear their staff will get angry and/or possibly resign. So, managers often bite their tongue, holding back what they would ideally like to say to an employee, and instead have a watered-down discussion or reprimand.
The result is a staff that’s never fully corrected, managed, or lead. And, a manager never fully satisfied with the performance of their team.
Instead, you need to adopt the attitude of…
Be Willing To Lose Them To Get Them Right!
In simple terms, that just means you need to be willing to have the tough, uncomfortable conversations with staff and freelancers if you ever hope to get your relationship with them, and their performance, where it needs to be.
You can’t operate as a manager from a position of fear. You can’t be afraid that if you say certain things to your team they’re going to get pissed and/or quit on you. Instead, you have to be willing to lose them if you ever hope to get them right.
In other words, you always… ALWAYS… must say whatever it is that needs to be said to staff as a manager and leader. You must adopt the mindset that the tough conversations are the exact ones that are going to have the greatest positive impact on your staff performance and ultimately your company.
Think of it like this…
When you’re brutally honest and forthright with your staff one of two positive things will happen:
1. You’ll get your staff operating at the level your company deserves of them.
2. They’ll resign because they’re not willing to live up to your company needs.
Either way, you’re better off.
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