To survive in today’s business world requires a lot of stamina, skill and good business systems. Technology has created a fast paced business world where tight deadlines have to be met and important decisions made in a second.To be an effective manager in today’s business world means that you need to know what your objectives and goals are and how and when you are going to achieve them. An effective manager is a person who has a clear understanding of what their business goals. They plan ahead, break down their goals into separate tasks, schedule the time needed and work in an efficient manner to get it done.An effective manager has a clear idea of what work is either a priority or not. They are able to identify the tasks that are necessary and the tasks that are not. They focus on the tasks that are necessary and delegate the unnecessary tasks. Effective managers have the ability to be completely focused on their goals and objectives. This focus enables them not be distracted on other tasks that waste their time or take their attention away from achieving their business goals. They are able to do this because they have a clear idea of what their objectives are and what they need to focus on.An effective manager looks at the big picture in terms of their business goals and how they need to achieve them. They then proceed to divide the objectives down into short, medium and long term goals. Each of these goals has assigned tasks that will need to be accomplished. Each goal is given a schedule and deadline to be met.An effective manager has the ability to assign the appropriate amount of time to each task to get the job done. They put in place mechanisms to enable them to measure their performance on an ongoing basis. In this way they are able to monitor their activities and make any necessary changes to keep their goals on track.
Most businesses try to earn more by being more forceful in production. One of the best ways to increase revenue is to do so by cutting back on avoidable expenses.This can be done by the principle that focuses on more efficient production, and less waste. Here are a few tips to help managers decrease the fat from their operating activities.1. Mind the electricity. Workers are responsible of not being too concerned about the company’s electric bill. However, it should be noted that electric bills represent a huge part of a company’s operating expenses. It would be best if policies were implemented that made every worker accountable for the waste in electricity within their control.Workers should learn to turn off unused equipment, turn off lights when not in use, and perform energy-saving responsibilities in the office. This is possible with some seminars from energy-saving experts. This could help increase consciousness about energy-saving measures in the company.2. Keep this office in order. Startlingly, keeping one office space in order is one of the most overlooked ways to saving money in the office. They all know that time is gold. What they don’t know is that too much time is wasted looking for lost or missing stuff.This wasted time could have been used productively in other pursuits. Japanese business managers have for decades now implemented a policy where workers should organize and clean up their workplaces every so often.3. Constant quality improvement. Unless the company keeps track of its performance and keeps tabs on its production process, it will never be able to know what it is doing right and what it is doing wrong. Knowing the status of the companies processes is the best way to knowing how to avoid waste.Processes that should be given attention are the ones that are recurring in nature. Good business is always finding a way to automate the formally request in the workplace. This saves time and helps save money.Constant quality improvement also means that the business should engage in proper planning. Proper planning helps make the company more productive and more efficient. And this, of course, leads to an increase in money saved and money earned.
As business managers we often feel as if we are asked to do impossible task. It really does not matter what industry or product you are trying to manage, obstacles are going to appear which seem insurmountable. Owners, bosses and fellow employees may seem like the enemy and not an ally in your goals. Everyone demands the impossible without regard to how it can be achieved. And this is how it should be!It makes no sense to approach life with an “I’ll take what comes my way” attitude, and this is true in business management as well. As a leader of an organization, big or small, large things must be asked from all involved. Many times we are going to ask people to accomplish something that may be impossible in their eyes. It is your job as a manager to show them that it is possible through constructive and assertive leadership.For example, sales are down and production in Europe is to blame because they have communication problems, and are focused on too many markets at the same time. In addition, the owner of the company cannot make a decision and communicate that decision to all levels of the organization. You could take the approach of simply accepting the outcome, because the owner is never wrong, or you can take another approach.The constructive approach would be to focus on SELLing your solution to the problem, and there is always a solution. Given the above circumstance I would schedule a series of trips to Europe with a definite agenda to over come the obstacle. I would then go out of my way to play to the owner’s ego by showing them that my solution would generate more income for them personally, and or make their life easier. At no time would I become argumentative or demanding. I would just keep politely, and continuously selling my agenda until it becomes the “owner’s idea”. My ego is not important; getting results is the only thing that matters and you will not accomplish this by picking fights.Now that example may seem a bit simplified, but this approach always works. Turning an obstacle into a win for you organization is like removing the blade from the stone. It may seem impossible, but it is not. At the end of the day, results speak for themselves, and it is really the only thing anyone will judge you by. Don’t let your ego, and your lack of vision be your personal obstacle.