This month’s new series will be focused on Small Business Management and some tips on how to create a cohesive, well-balanced team and organization. An overview of this months list includes time management, task management, delegation, and communication. All of these skills are necessary to achieve the most out your team. This blog series will provide a foundation for any manager to be the most effective at getting their operation running efficiently on a daily basis.
Managing not only your time as an owner or manager, but managing the time of your employees on certain projects, can create a multi-tasked mindset. This action will provide an ability to start multiple projects simultaneously, but not overwhelm your employees. Taking small chunks of time for each project will keep the employee motivated and focused shifting from one task to another, while continuously working throughout the day. Prioritizing these tasks will make it easier to determine what takes precedent over another. This effectively will create an element of task management, which leads us into our next topic.
After managing your time effectively, you have now created a standard for valuation of tasks. What takes most of your time? What are your team’s strengths? Weaknesses? How long will each task take to complete from start to finish? All of these questions are important to valuate and express in increments of not only time, but monetarily. This will help budget for a monthly expense. Helping you, as the owner, assess how much you spend in time, materials, or labor to produce such a product or service.
Delegation of Responsibilities
Unfortunately, not every one of your employees will be amazing at every task you assign them to. In this case, you match your tasks to mimic the strengths of what your team is good at. To delegate responsibilities is crucial to not just accomplishing a job, but creating a type of brand quality that you want as an owner. The image and quality of your product is the most important aspect of your business. Delegation of tasks means that you are the floor captain and having the right people in the right position to do the absolute best job possible is the optimal goal for any business owner.
To delegate is to be able to communicate as well. Communication could be considered one of THE MOST important aspects of being a successful small business owner. To lead a team, is to lead by example. Setting the tone and creating an environment of constant quality through communication is paramount. As an owner, cascading authority isn’t just telling people what to do, but expressing an importance to everyone’s roll. Their job would not be what is it without the small pieces to help keep it together. So express the value that each role provides when communicating tasks on a daily basis. The team is what keeps the company successful, not the individual.
These are only a few tips on developing small business management skills that will build a foundation of success for you and your company for years. Next months blog will pick up where this one left off and we will discuss more tips and nuances of how to run a well balanced, and organized team.