Mentoring

Think Like a Manager To Help Grow Your Career

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

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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.

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.

Choosing the Right Mentor

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Choosing the right mentor is a decision that can have a major impact on your career. But what exactly is a mentor, and how will you know that a mentor is the best choice? Here are a few ways for finding your very own professional mentor.

So what exactly does a mentor do?

A mentor can be a sounding board during critical points throughout your career. They provide guidance on your career that you might not otherwise be able to find, and they give this guidance and advice from a position of authority because they have experience in that industry or field most likely.

Okay, but what does a good mentor look like, and how do I go about choosing one?

Chiefly, your mentor should have a greater amount of experience than you do, and a track record of success. You’ll want to find someone who is altruistic, honest, creative, and willing to teach you everything that they know.

While it is a great idea to find a mentor in your workplace, or at least in your industry of choice, mentorships don’t necessarily have to exist within these constraints. For example, you might find that the best mentor for you is someone who is in a different field, but still provides great advice. Meeting suitable potential-mentors and becoming a mentee can be as simple as asking your prospective mentor to take you under their wing!

You can find a mentor pretty much anywhere. As stated above, starting within your own workplace is a great place to start. This is convenient not only in term of finding a mentor quickly, but also because they will be able to help you immediately with your current position as well as develop your skills for future positions. That said, networking could also help you gain a broader network of people whom you can ask to be your mentor.

Have you found the right mentor?

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