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Common Sense Business Management Practices

Business Management Practices

The common-sense way of doing business is not always as intuitive as it should be. We sometimes over-complicate a task or idea when, if we just gave it an honest moment of reflection, answers would come and the task would be less daunting. If you’re a busy owner with many employees, you might also think about hiring an online business manager

Manage Your Business Like You Manage Your Life

You can adapt a lot of life lessons to speak to the simple choices you can make for business every day to get things done and reduce stress: 

  • Go by your schedule – Plan out what to do that day, that week, that month, quarter and year and then make a plan to do it- then DO it.  This doesn’t preclude some altering of the plan later, but you’ve got to start somewhere. 
  • Decide priorities early on – The one or two things at the top of your To-Do list should be 1) Doable, and 2) A priority. You may have to figure out the rank of things that must be done that day, but the first things on your list might be the only real progress made that day.
  • No office politics – This is not saying you cannot mention who was good or bad in the previous night’s political debate. Try to steer clear of conflict and drama within relationships of co-workers. If you are the business owner or manager, however, you’ll want to monitor those situations more closely because if those issues escalate over time, it could not only affect your business, but injure people who count on your company for their livelihood.
  • Take criticism – You may be amazing, intelligent and have decades of experience but if you work with a team, then promote that teamwork by realizing you don’t know it all. There is always something you can learn, no matter how many years you’ve been “at it.” If the manager can learn something new or be corrected, or take a suggestion, then employees may realize they can too. Another win-win.
  • Teach and correct- don’t punish – We’re not talking about tolerating verbal abuse or any harassment. We’re saying that a good leader always has at least a few employees that want to learn. When they make good-faith mistakes, don’t get rid of them. Keep them around, since now they may never do that mistake again. 
  • Delegate! – You simply cannot do it all. You should also beware of micromanaging. Delegating to subordinates is an expression of trust. It will help good employees feel noticed and valued and shows do-nothing employees what it could be like if they stepped up. Give the lesser employees smaller tasks to help them learn. Praise them when they progress and put small rewards on the path along the way. You want things to get done, and you need to stop acting like you are the only one who cares in the company, before you convince an otherwise faithful staff member to give up on you leading and they turn into a do-nothing or find a better job.
Posted on March 26th, 2020 by Client Advocate Team

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