Better Manage Your Team
Every conscientious manager seeks to find better ways to manage their team – from honing their communication skills to improving their performance coaching. But in today’s marketplace where disruptive change is the norm, the best new managers are focusing on how they can inspire their team to respond quickly to sudden changes in market conditions or customer needs.
To lead high performing teams, managers need to adopt and practice strategic agility. This a core competency of innovative managers who can adapt their approaches as conditions change. Rather than working toward improving existing products, agile managers work toward creating new products for new markets to reach new customers.
It is a matter of being more aware of what is going on around you in the near-term, what is looming in the future, and being poised to react in a positive and innovative way to meet the challenges. Strategically agile managers not only meet current business targets, but also set up the business for future success.
Four Habits of Strategically Agile Managers
- Big Picture View
Agile managers have a broad perspective. They have one eye on the future and the other on what needs to get done today. They look for industry trends and think about how they might respond to them.And they encourage their team to periodically step out of their routine jobs to ask the big picture questions – how can we do things better and what new directions will set us up to succeed as changes occur?
- Clarity of Purpose
Strategic clarity accounts for 31% of the difference between high and low performing teams. Top managers are clear on where the company is going and where their team fits in the journey. They use data to inform team direction, prioritize, and share knowledge freely with their employees.With greater transparency comes greater commitment from the team to the organization’s purpose.
- High Standards for Performance
Agile managers have high expectations and stretch, but fair, performance standards. Both success and failure are mutually agreed upon with the necessary and commensurate investment in development, resources, and coaching. This creates a culture of high accountability and high support.
- Bias for Action
Agile managers are ready to act in a timely manner. They are ready, willing, and able to pivot the team and its strategy to meet unexpected situations. And the team has confidence in their manager’s ability to steer a steady course through troubled waters to the shore.
The Bottom Line
To better manage your team – especially in turbulent times – you need to adopt a forward way of thinking. Acquiring strategic agility requires an intentional effort. Are you ready to inspire your team to think beyond the day-to-day and be ready to respond to change in a strategic, innovative way?
To learn more about proven ways to better manage your team, download 3 Must-Have Ingredients of High Performing Teams for New Managers