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    Three Ways to Enable Managers for Success

    by Rachel Cogar Yeakley

    Time and time again, research has proven that the single most effective step you can take to improve company culture is to invest in your managers—those who are skilled, trained and committed to growing your business. If the managers you employ don’t fit this description, you could very well be on a sinking ship without even knowing it. Their influence and demeanor will trickle down to every team member they come in contact with. You’ve heard it before … People don’t work for companies; they work for managers. And they don’t quit working for companies .. they quit working for managers!

    How does a company such as Google operate with employees who are performing 5-18% higher than their peers? It’s all a direct result of their managers’ performance. Such standards should be looked at as the new rule of thumb in the business world. Here are a few key steps you can take to build your own highly coveted team of managers.

    1. Recruit & Train with Higher Standards


    There are two commonly used recruiting strategies that most businesses employ: hire the best or train the average. Yet, according to the Corporate Executive Board, the average company pays $1,050 for hiring and training with no guarantee of future performance. Many end up costing the company money in delayed production and eventually lead to a higher turnover. In order to identify if the manager’s performance will live up to company standards, it’s important to explain these standards up front and hire only those who will live up to them.

    2. Make Sure Responsibility is Understood


    While it’s important not to put too much pressure on a new manager, it is vital that they have a clear understanding of their responsibilities. Expectations should be set immediately, rather than after a few weeks on the job. First and foremost, it will let you know if you hired the right candidate, based on their handling of the situation. More importantly, it will give you a chance to see them in action.

    3. Provide the Right Tools


    By offering managers the tools they need to succeed, you’re giving them a crucial advantage before their feet even hit the floor. That’s because even the very best managers cannot win if they do not have the full support of their organization.

    Here are three lists we find to be very useful in finding the right tools to work for your company’s environment:

    By employing these three rules, your managing force will be better equipped to meet and exceed your company’s needs.

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    Rachel Cogar Yeakley

    Rachel Cogar Yeakley

    Rachel Cogar Yeakley is a socially conscious writer, speaker, and coach. She writes about companies that are good to our planet, good to their people, and support local and global causes. Rachel believes in being a global citizen and a steward of our earth … and helping our brothers and sisters in our own communities and around the globe. She has an extensive background in marketing and business consulting, and has dedicated her energy to making a difference in our world through education about social consciousness. She graduated from Winthrop University, and has been building, growing and selling businesses for 15+ years. She currently consults CEOs around the world and is a keynote speaker at events such as HubSpot’s INBOUND, Counselors of Real Estate Summit, Junior League of Charlotte, Charlotte Business Leaders, and Winthrop University’s School of Business.

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