IT Management Slideshow: Five Management Traps and How to Avoid Them

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-23-2011

Five Management Traps and How to Avoid Them

Mistake 1:Failing to build trustYou have to say what you mean and mean what you say. Seek input and feedback. Treat people with dignity.

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How to fix itGet out of your chair and walk around. Attorney General Robert Kennedy made it part of his routine to drop in on employees at their offices, in his shirt sleeves.

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Mistake 2Not establishing accountabilityIf you own your own issues and responsibilities, you will model the kind of professionalism you seek in your teams.

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How to fix itForge accountability within your teams by addressing problems while still respecting the individual.

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Mistake 3: Stalling progress with indecisiveness You're paid to push forward on positions. It's essential to take action, even if it's imperfect.

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How to fix itMeetings can kill progress. Make sure there's at least one key action step that will result from every meeting.

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Mistake 4Confusing being popular with being a good manager Your performance is measured on results, not on whether you're liked. Achievement and innovation often means shaking up the status-quo.

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How to fix itRecognizing positive team performance on multiple objectives is a way to emerge as a good manager who's also popular.

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Mistake 5Fixing problems, not causes. Bad things happen. But they don't have to happen again, especially if you direct your teams to address root causes rather than focusing on putting out today's fire.

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How to fix itEstablish measurable standards--short-term and long-term--that enable teams to self-evaluate whether they've corrected the cause, as opposed to the problem.

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