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It is a fact that we all have motivators. Different people want to be rewarded in different ways.  Managers need to have good people-retention skills. As a manager, you push your people so they can move mountains for you of their own will.  This requires knowing your team – what interests them, what drives them, what motivates them.  There are two basic kinds of managers: Theory X managers and Theory Y managers.  Theory X managers believe in constantly watching their employees, micromanaging them out of fear they won’t work hard.  Visually, I will present Theory X managers as “”.  Theory Y managers, on the other hand, believe their employees are efficient, and capable of working independently.  I will present these managers visually as “”.

The key to managers being able to retain their best people is to spend time finding out about them. Express interest in their passions, and career goals.   Help them envision where they see themselves over the next 5 years and help them grow to attain those goals.  Collaborate with them, creating a team that works proactively, not reactively.

Teams go through stages: norming, storming, performing and adjourning.  In all the projects I have led and managed, there has only one where I’ve seen the team performing. This is a difficult stage to reach, where a team trusts one another, listens to one another, and helps and respects one another. 

If you are managing a team, think about what you do to make your team good. If they’re already good, think about how you can make them better.  It doesn’t require attendance at expensive courses.  Just remember this:  Don’t take anyone or anything for granted.  Nurture an environment of mutual respect and help.  If there’s someone on your team who you aren’t crazy about, figure out a way to make it work with them.  As the old saying goes, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  And if that doesn’t work, silence is golden. 

I’m sure we all have stories to share about managers we’ve had (or have) who we don’t like.  Speak up and make a difference!  Be the best manager you can be, and above all, be a person who is all-around likeable.

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