1. SHARE INFORMATION
Communicate the news that you can, so minds don't wander.
2. SAY THANK YOU
People want to feel appreciated. A simple thank you doesn't cost a thing and it makes a huge difference.
3. EMPOWER THROUGH DELEGATION
We know no one can do it as well as you can. BUT you need to delegate to give yourself time to complete tasks more appropriate for your level.
4. ADJUST YOUR STYLE
You have many different communication styles and personalities in your team. Don't think that you can manage everyone the same way, and don't assume that everyone likes to be managed the way you like to be managed.
5. SET SMALL MILESTONES
If you can't match last year's numbers, set milestones that can be reached.
6. HAVE FUN
Your team wants to enjoy going to work. Set a play time.
7. REMOVE OBSTACLES
Bureaucracy stifles creativity and innovation. Cut down some of the paper work.
8. GIVE FEEDBACK
Your direct reports want feedback, and it's crucial in making your team as productive as possible.
9. RAISE YOUR HAND
When your people see you putting in extra hours, they are inspired to jump in and follow your lead.
10. FOCUS YOUR TIME
It's the old 80:20 principle. Focus the majority of your time and attention on the 20% of your people and projects that generate 80% of your results.