In today’s challenging economy, organizations need to find ways to substantially boost their Managers’ and Supervisors’ productivity. Fortunately, there is an amazingly simple way of doing so by combining the power of technology available at your fingertips with “The Manager’s Toolkit” electronic handbooks that help Managers and Supervisors deal with their most challenging tasks. This post shows you how.
The concept is simple. Use your e-mail system to provide your Managers and Supervisors with the set of tools they need to deal with the common set of daily challenges they face. They can store these tools on their workstations, laptops, and work tablets (like iPad) and access them whenever they need to. They can use them when they’re in their office/workstation, at home, on the road, or in meetings.
All you have to do is buy one copy of the appropriate electronic handbook in PDF format, buy the number of additional licenses you need, and send it out by e-mail with instructions on how to store and use it.
The 6 common challenges facing Managers and Supervisors
Regardless of their function (accounting, operations, sales, production, etc.) Managers and Supervisors face 6 common day-to-day challenges that greatly impact their productivity. These are:
- Designing and running meetings
- Holding team discussions
- Delegating work
- Leading or participating on project teams
- Coaching employees
- Managing their own time
Talk with any Manager or Supervisor and you’re probably going to hear either how they’ve either mastered the skills to deal successfully with these challenges, or the headaches they’re experiencing because of them.
The problem to date, is that each Manager or Supervisor usually has to develop their own solution. If they’ve been to training, they may have the handouts to refer to (if they can find them). Or, they may have developed their own reference library of books dealing with these issues.
So, each time they face a challenge, they have to dig through what they’ve got stashed, which is both time-consuming and cumbersome. And what do they do if they’re in one place and the books/materials in another?
Worse yet, everyone’s got their own solution and it’s not easily sharable.
What’s needed is an effective set of tools that all of your Managers and Supervisors can easily reference each time they need help dealing with one of the 6 challenges. Sometimes they need step-by-step guidance on how to deal with it. Other times they just need a quick refresher to make sure they don’t leave anything out.
What’s the Solution?
To help Managers and Supervisors have the needed tools and guidance in one convenient place, KAW Consulting developed the “Manager’s Toolkit“, a set of electronic handbooks that guide Managers and Supervisors step-by-step on how to develop the skills needed to deal with the 6 key challenge areas. These are:
- “Meetings That Work””
Team Tools” (Frameworks for Making Better Group Decisions, Solving Problems, Generating Ideas, Setting Goals and Planning Tasks
- “Delegating For Results”
- “Project Management for Managers and Supervisors”
- “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors”
- “Time Management for Managers and Supervisors”
Unlike most books on the 6 key skill areas, that are too complicated and hard to understand, the “Manager’s Toolkit” electronic handbooks are exactly the opposite. They’re written in easy to understand language that walk the Manager or Supervisor step by step through the processes needed to apply each of the 6 key skills. Many even include sample forms and checklists.
Like any great handbook, the electronic handbooks in the “Manager’s Toolkit” are something meant to be used over and over again. And unlike paper handbooks, that get lost easily, they’re in PDF format, so Managers and Supervisors can store them on their computer, laptop or work tablet so they have them accessible each time they need to design a meeting, hold a team discussion, delegate a task, manage a project or coach an employee. Just call up a handbook and it’s ready to use. If they want a hard copy, they can print what only they need. To save time, and allow the book to function as an e-tool, we’ve even included hyperlinks in each handbook’s Table of Contents, as appropriate, so they can jump right to the page or section they need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages.
How Do I Get These Tools Out to the Organization?
Making the electronic handbooks available to your Managers and Supervisors is extremely easy. You can purchase a single copy of any of the books online and download it. Then all you need to do is purchase licenses for the number of people you want to send it to (also available online) and then simply send out the file by e-mail. They then store the books in a folder or library on their workstation computer, laptop or tablet, and it’s available whenever they need it. It’s that simple, really.
Better yet, prices are extremely affordable. Single copies of each title range from $15.95 to $21.95. Additional licenses to distribute to each of your Managers and Supervisors (or others in your organization that can use them) range from $14.95 per user per title to $19.95 per user per title.
How to View Samples and Purchase
Note: Available to only U.S. customers at this time.