You always are known for your stellar performance at work. And now, you want to move up the corporate ladder. Well, companies look forward to their managers creating an organizational culture that increases productivity and diminishes employee attrition. In this article at TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett shares with you five relevant tips to smoothen your journey.
The Top 5 Skills You Should Imbibe
Apart from having a superior knowledge, managers must have the following skills—“honesty, communications skills, decisiveness, confidence, responsibility, empathy, focus, creativity, optimism, and commitment.” You can work on this yourself through self-governance and observation.
Though companies like employees who are honest, they prefer those that know how to present it. Higher management does not like it when you point out flaws in their plan outright. They might feel that you are questioning their decision-making. Instead of telling them flat out there are some critical tasks missing from the plan, ask if they have planned to add those later in the project lifecycle. They will start trusting your diplomacy in putting your point forward.
Get the Solution or Find It Yourself
Projects fail due to lack of clear goals. If project objectives change very often, managers might get confused about the direction it should be taking. This results in further confusion in the team. Instead of continuing the state of indecisiveness, get a clear solution from your team lead or manager. If they do not have any, find a solution yourself. This will take the burden off their shoulders.
Be the Problem-solver
Sometimes an ongoing project can come to a grinding halt due to technical faults. Instead of losing productive hours, find an alternative that can temporarily or permanently solve the problem. This will showcase your ability to handle a critical situation.
Be a Collaborator
It is necessary in IT to maintain a corporate relationship with other teams. It eases up interdependencies and offers a faster project delivery. So, build a rapport with all departments.
Motivate Yourself to Learn New Skills
Majority of employees learn new skills on the job as companies hardly conduct training sessions and external courses cost money. Start asking questions to your seniors and self-learn new skills. Most managers are expected to learn new skills on their own and support their teams.
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