Tuesday, January 5, 2010

So, Now You're The Boss, What's Next?

Start brushing up your manners. Be prompt, keep a clean desk, smile, say thank you and please and acknowledge the success of others. People are looking to you for an example, so don't bolt for the door at 5PM! :)

Always keep your cool. A screamer isn't a sign of authority, but instead shows weakness, not strength.

Be a boss, not a buddy. Your employees crave for structure, leadership and feedback from you. You can't get people to work hard for you simply by befriending them.

Listen attentively. Bring paper and pen to every meeting and take notes when your employees talk. it's one way of showing them they are important to you.

Stay positive. Never embarrass your employee. Start every critique with a compliment; like "I think you're terrific, and I know you're trying, but I'd like to point out a few things to help you improve.