What Six Key Things Google Teaches New Managers

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Transitioning from “individual contributor to manager” often creates a very stressful situation for the individual and the organisation. What internal resources and processes the staff member once relied upon, may longer be suitable or appropriate for the new role. There is higher demand and expectation. Google spent years conducting an internal research project and analysed “10,000 manager impressions including performance reviews, surveys, nominations for top-manager awards and recognition” to discover what could assist their leaders. Google came up with eight habits of highly effective managers to help new leaders understand what is needed in the new role.  Here are the six which have been posted in this Inc. article.

  1. Mindset and Values – Develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset states that an individual can cultivate intelligence and it just requires the right attitude and motivation to do so. Opposed to a fixed mindset which believes that this is all predetermined. Identifying your values and drivers is essential. Once identified you can leverage these to help create meaning.
  2. Emotional Intelligence – In a ‘nut shell’ its being able to recognise and understand your own emotions. This self-awareness then allows you to manage your behaviour and the relationships with the people you’re working with.
  3. Manager transition – Discussing with peers who have been there before you or they are currently going through the same transition challenges as you.
  4. Coaching – Becoming an excellent coach. Coaching as a leader ensures that you get the best from your staff.
  5. Feedback – Becoming an expert in delivery of feedback to your staff. This needs to be a balanced approach,  both motivational and developmental.
  6. Decision Making – Having a framework to make effective, efficient and timely decisions.

If you would like to read more, then click on the article link. Happy reading.


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