Lessons From Parenting To Managing

519449_ducklings As a parent I learned a very valuable lesson which I was able to use years later when I moved into a management position.  That lesson was that what worked with one child such as discipline, motivation, and teaching does not mean it will work with the next child.

All three of my children were and still are very different and I had to find out what would work with each one.  The same holds true with managing staff personnel. There are different management styles depending on what type of persons you are  managing, what their skills and knowledge are .

There is the “Director” style which works well when you have certain tasks that need to be completed.  Keys to this style are being able to clearly tell your employee what exactly needs to be done.  How they are going to do it, when it needs to be finished, what the goals, standards and outcome must be.   You are the ”Director”.

There is also the “participatory” style of management, in this style you would not only train your employees for the tasks they need to complete, but you also let them know how what they do fits into the big picture, how it effects the office or project as a whole.  Knowing how they effect the outcome is the motivation for doing their part well.

Then there is the “team work” approach, which is my favorite, because with this style everyone involved is able to bring their strengths to the tasks at hand.  We all work together to complete the goal with each person on the team supporting and assisting one another.  In order for this to happen there needs to be good communication skills, coordination of tasks and being able to work independently but together.

All styles can be effective it is just knowing which one works the best for the job you need to get done, who is doing it and then implementing it with all parties on-board knowing the goals that needed to be accomplished.

Parenting has been a great precursor to becoming a manager for me.  Do you have any lessons that you’ve learned as a parent that have come in handy for your job?


5 thoughts on “Lessons From Parenting To Managing

  1. Great subject Tina. After becoming a parent, my assertiveness kicked into high gear. I have found that being in a management position, this has really helped me. And I totally agree that everybody is different, so approach should be modified to get the best results out of staff and children alike!

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  3. do you feel that with the company culture… you should be hiring to 1 particular style though? that way you can all be on the same page. obviously it would be best that everyone wants to be part of the bigger picture and is willing to participate to help achive the goals

  4. Hi “C”, I don’t think a company necessarily needs to look and hire one particular management style, yet they may want to like in the case that the company culture is one that is very team oriented. I think understanding management styles helps so that you can know where your manager is coming from and also as a business owner they will know the methods that a manager has chosen to use by their management style. Thanks for your input and have a great weekend. (I am catching up on my blogging after being gone the past two weeks) 🙂

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