Business owners must learn, either through training, formal education or a little of both, that good management is a key component to doing good business. A poorly managed restaurant will still have trouble succeeding, no matter how good the food is and how experienced the wait staff may be, and the same can be said for any type of business. You must manage well, even if you are running a one-man show. If you struggle with management skills or feel a bit out of control, the following tips may help you streamline your management and step up your game:
- Prioritize tasks
- Keep a detailed calendar
- Spend time in the mornings getting ready for the day ahead
- Know how to unplug from your business
- Hire good people and train them well
- Have workable systems in place
- Don’t be afraid to change if your current plan isn’t working
- Continue to seek education for yourself
- Recognize burnout and know how to prevent it
- Delegate tasks when necessary
- Set a “stop time” for work-related activities in the evenings
- Find a good, workable work-life balance
Good managers learn through change, allow people the freedom to use their creativity to get results and don’t shy away from adversity and the unexpected. Management is about much more than systems and procedures, but rather, it has much to do with your mindset and your willingness to have a people-first mentality when it comes to partners, customers and employees.
Better management doesn’t have to mean that you must change yourself or lose sight of why you started your business in the first place. Evaluate yourself and your management skills, identify a few areas that could benefit from improvement, and work closely with others involved in your business to find out how you can make things work better and more smoothly. Whether you are the only person working for your business or you have dozens of employees, good management is a skill that must be valued and fostered.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC