Think Like a Manager To Help Grow Your Career

2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills) is committed to helping entry-level business professionals find success in all they do, and thinking like a manager is an essential part of that. 

2313 Inc. Think Like a Manager

Learning to think and work like a manager gives you the perspective you need to earn professional recognition and reach your goals.

Great managers aren’t just born overnight. Sure, some people naturally possess some of the skills necessary to excel at management, but most great managers are great because they have years of experience and learning on their side. 

What can you do to prepare yourself for a management position? Learn and practice the necessary skills – no matter where you are in your career. Peter Drucker, a well-known management consultant and educator, is considered the father of management studies. He broke the manager’s duties down into five basic tasks:

1.    Sets Objectives

2.    Organizes

3.    Motivates and Communicates

4.    Measures

5.    Develops People 

Encourage employees and sales associates to develop their understanding of business and management practices. Drucker’s management tasks inspired the following tips that will teach you to think and work as a manager, no matter where you are in your career.

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Keep Developing Management Skills

There’s always something new to learn about management and business. Keep your skills sharp by reading new management books or even finding online classes to improve your management skills. Then, create a study group at work to support and apply what you learn to real-world problems. You know the old saying: practice makes perfect!

Connect With Your Team

Tell your team members, team leader, and supervisor that you want to contribute to your team’s growth. Come up with a pitch for a team-building activity, a volunteer project, or a social event that will improve team cohesion and productivity. One of our traditions at 2313 Inc. is to get together after work every Thursday — it’s an idea worth trying!

Find a Mentor

Some companies have formal mentorship programs, though that’s not completely necessary in order to find a mentor. Your supervisor might be interested in mentoring you, or you can look for a mentor at a networking event. Mentorship will improve your management expertise and develop strong professional relationships, which you can use as resources once you become a manager.

Don’t Keep Your Career Goals a Secret

How will you advance in your career if you don’t tell anyone about your goals? Let your supervisor know that you’re interested in becoming a manager. Complete your regular assignments and volunteer for special projects when you have the time to do them well to show that you’re willing to go above and beyond.

Becoming a manager will help you to advance in your career and develop the skills you need as a leader. Make a commitment to your future by using these strategies to increase your skills and your opportunities for advancement.

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How a Focus on Team Bonding Helps Your Business

2313 Inc. How a Focus on Team Bonding Helps Your Business

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We’re all aware of media representations of team building exercises, like trust falls and camping trips that usually turn out to be a comedy of errors. But that’s media, not real life, and in real life, team bonding can be a huge part of building a successful team. We’ve all worked at jobs where there was little to no team unity, or where a corporate culture was handed down from on high in an attempt to foster such unity, but which failed to take the real experience of workers into consideration.

Teams where coworkers not only get along, but know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, are more successful. People know who to go to for specific projects or challenges, they know who they can trust to solve certain problems. They know how to work together to achieve goals, instead of trying to out-perform one another. This is something we are thrilled to have accomplished here in Farmington Hills, MI.

There are some managers who feel that they should pit their employees against one another so they push themselves to achieve as much as possible, but more often than not this simply leads to employee burnout. Similarly, teams which lack in unity often result in employees thinking that they need to do everything themselves, which can lead to burnout as well.

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Team building doesn’t have to take the form of field trips and such, but can be accomplished by simply bringing people together and getting them to talk about their own strengths and weaknesses, and having people work on projects together. These projects can be exercises specifically designed for team building, or they can be actual projects. And unless you’re planning on working right alongside your employees, it might be best to step back and leave teams to themselves sometimes.

It’s important that they know their managers as well, and trust them if they have concerns, but you don’t want to put them on the spot and observe them. Bosses who micromanage can not only harm team unity, but turn that team against themselves.

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5 of the Worst Excuses for Failure

2313 Inc Excuses

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Many employees always have an excuse ready when things don’t go their way. No one likes to admit that they have failed when things get rough. We turn to defensive measures to make sure that people know it was out of our hands with negative outcome. 2313 Inc. believes that identifying excuse making is the best way to learn how to take responsibility. Managers do not want their employees to give excuses. They look for team players that are willing to take responsibility and strive to do better. These are 5 of the worst excuses for not reaching your goals.

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“I’m trying my best.”

Everyone likes to say this but it’s usually not true.. By admitting you’re trying your very best, you put a cap on your potential. If you feel like you’ve reached the top of your abilities, it’s just a breaking point that can be overtaken with the right mindset. You can always be a better employee; striving to be great will take you to places you never knew you could reach.

“I just haven’t been myself lately.”

This is an excuse to never use. Most people that say this are just feeling lazy or unmotivated. Use this idea to become the self you’ve always wanted to be. We all go through phases where we may not be at our best, but that shouldn’t stop our capabilities. Look at why you have felt this way, and work toward fixing it.

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“It wasn’t my fault.”

No one likes to own up to his or her mistakes, so blaming it on someone else is usually our first though. Although it may be true, always be willing to admit that you accept responsibility. We can’t control the things that happen to us, especially when outside factors take part. However, we can show that we are willing to accept responsibility and do better next time.

“There’s too many people better than me.”

It’s common for those that have more knowledge or accomplished more things to intimate us. Never admit that your competition is better than you. They have done more things, or have more experience, but we can always showcase who has what it takes to succeed.

“That’s outside of my abilities.”

Whenever we lose sight of what we’re familiar with, we begin to get defensive. Our comfort zone is a nice and cozy place, but there is no room to grow. By taking some chances and doing things you’ve never done, you can find new things about yourself. You may even get better results than if you didn’t at least try.