CEO Interview on Managing Employees
I find it’s helpful to read or listen to interviews of successful business people. If they are talking about managing employees, they have a standard they embrace that helps them maximize the performance of their teams.
“When You Write a Report Card, Explain the Grades” and interview with Laura Yecies, CEO of Sugar Synch was conducted by Adam Bryant on the New York Times.
As you manage and work with more people, you tend to see patterns and get used to different work styles. With more experience, you can more quickly notice when someone is struggling and what they need help with. Do they need more structure? Do they need more help with planning projects? Is it just that they have trouble getting started? I’ve seen that a lot.
Managing employees takes thought and effort and the willingness to receive feedback on your own management style. When you give specific feedback to each person on your team, you are guiding them towards better performance.
Remember that most employees want to contribute at their highest levels. All employees, even your high performers, required consistent feedback on their work, either by recognition or coaching.