Make All Your Managers More Productive With the “Manager’s Toolkit” on Their Workstations, Laptops or Tablets.

Learn how to get a substantial boost in your Managers’ and Supervisors’ productivity by using a very low cost method to put the “Manager’s Toolkit” on their workstations, laptops and tablets.

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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

To view more information on the “Manager’s Toolkit” and each of the titles in it, click here, or visit our main website at www.kawconsulting.com.

Note: Available to only U.S. customers at this time.

7 Timeless Vital Skills Every Manager Needs to Master

Note: “The 7 Timeless Vital Skills Every Manager or Supervisor Needs to Master” is now available as an e-book on Kindle.  Use it to self-evaluate which skills you need to develop or enhance, and available resources to help you do so.  Click here to see a free preview.  Amazon.com users can purchase directly.  International users should visit your applicable Amazon website.

Due to their organizations needing to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment, today’s Managers and Supervisors face what at times can seem to be a host of overwhelming challenges, such as managing larger staffs and facing increased demands on their time from both above and below. To survive and thrive in this type of climate, it’s vital that Managers and Supervisors master 7 vital day-to-day skills that have proven timeless in their importance. These are:

  • Designing and Running Better Meetings
  • Holding Effective Team Discussions
  • Delegating Work Successfully
  • Managing Projects
  • Time Management
  • Coaching Employees
  • Leading Effectively

Following is a list of the major skills needed to be successful in each area.

Designing and Running Better Meetings

Meetings are a vital part of a Managers or Supervisors day.  Yet, many seem to fail.  In fact, a major survey revealed that 70% of employees feel the meetings they attend are a waste of time.  Consequently it’s important that as a Manager or Supervisor understand:

  • What makes meetings succeed, and why many fail
  • The crucial roles that need to be filled in each meeting
  • How to use 8 basic steps to design an Effective Meetings
  • How to use some basic tips for Running an Effective Meeting
  • How to deal with common problems that can derail a meeting such as:

–    Stares and Silence

–    Negative Remarks

–    Separate Agendas

–    One person trying to dominate the discussion

Holding Effective Team Discussions

Look at the types of discussions that Managers and Supervisors hold with their teams and you’ll find they often fall into 5 areas.  Consequently, Managers and Supervisors need to be able to effectively hold discussions with their teams to:

  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Solve Problems
  • Make Decisions
  • Plan Tasks
  • Set Goals

Delegating Work Successfully

Not only do Managers and Supervisors have to manage larger staffs, they’re also expected to make sure that their staffs are more and more productive.  This means of course that the Managers and Supervisors are skilled at the art of delegating work.  Skills in this area include:

  • Identifying what tasks to delegate
  • Identifying the right people to delegate to
    • Identifying the level of delegation that the Manager is comfortable with

 

  • Determining what the person doing the task needs, so they can deliver the results the Manager/Supervisor expects.
  • Conducting the needed follow-up to stay on top of the person’s progress.

Managing Projects

More and more Managers and Supervisors are asked to take a lead role in managing special projects.  This can mean having to develop and use a whole new skill set which includes:

  • Defining the project’s scope, objectives, deliverables, critical success factors, resource needs, and collaboration requirements.

  • Breaking the work down into its major work blocks and tasks.

  • Developing an easy to use project schedule

  • Monitoring the project’s status and what to do if it’s off course.

Coaching Employees

One of the implications of managing larger staffs is that individual staff members are going to need to be increasingly self managed.  Consequently, it’s vital that Managers and Supervisors know how to provide each staff member with effective coaching to help them be as productive as possible.  To coach effectively, a Manager/Supervisor needs to be able to:

  • Establish the groundwork to have an effective coaching relationship with their employees.
  • Determine expected performance levels for their employees’ major tasks and responsibilities.
  • Analyze their employees’ current level of performance against expected levels, and identity areas needed improvement.
  • Hold an effective coaching discussion to provide employees with feedback on how they are doing, and develop plans for making needed improvements.

Time Management

Of course to be able to apply any of these skills and meet the heavy demands being placed on them, Managers and Supervisors need to become good managers of their time.  To do so, they need to become adept at:

  • Analyzing their job and identifying what to focus on to achieve both what’s expected and their own personal goals.

  • Developing an ideal picture of how to allocate their time between their various activities.

  • Analyzing how they’re currently spending their time and identifying the gaps from their ideal picture.

  • Developing weekly and daily schedules so they focus their time on the activities needed to achieve their goals.

  • Dealing with time management challenges such as unexpected interruptions, non critical phone calls, high volumes of e-mail, and unproductive meetings.

Effective Leadership

Ultimately, in the eyes of your followers and those who evaluate you as a Manager or Supervisor, it comes down to their perception of you as a Leader.  Consequently it’s vital that you understand what what make leadership efforts succeed and why they fail.  That way you can focus your attention on doing the things necessary to make them succeed, and keep from overlooking some of the common reasons for failure.

Leadership efforts that succeed usually contain 8 key elements.  These are:

  • Being proactive and willing to act.
  • Setting and communicating a clear vision and direction.
  • Establishing and maintaining credibility with the people you’re trying to lead.
  • Getting commitment.
  • Setting the example.
  • Empowering others to do what needs to be done.
  • Confronting and overcoming barriers and obstacles.
  • Managing accomplishment of day-to-day efforts.

On the other hand, leadership efforts that fail, usually don’t meet all of these criteria.  They are often lacking, and seriously so in one of the key areas.

How to Learn These Vital Skills

While desperately needed, too often attempts to provide Managers and Supervisors with training and/or resources in these important areas fail.  Some of the common reasons are:

  • Available training is too expensive, so none is offered.

  • Available books and resources on the subjects provide too much information, and no real “how to” application tools.

  • Materials are too hard to get to when you need them.

To correct this, KAW Consulting developed the “Manager’s Toolkit“,  a set of electronic handbooks  that guide Managers and Supervisors step by step through each of the processes used in the 7 basic skill areas.

Unlike most books on the 7 key skill areas, that are too complicated and hard to understand, the “Manager’s Toolkit” handbooks are exactly the opposite. They’re written in easy to understand language that walks the Manager or Supervisor step by step through the processes needed to apply each of the 7 key skills.   Many even include sample forms and checklists.

Like any great handbook, the handbooks in the “Manager’s Toolkit” are something meant to be used over and over again. And because they’re electronic,  Managers and Supervisors can always have them readily accessible.  Just call up a handbook and it’s ready to use.

Now Available in Both Kindle and PDF formats.

To meet the demands of our both our U.S. and global users, the following titles in the “Manager’s Toolkit“ are on now Kindle:

  • Meetings That Work 
  • Team Discussion Frameworks
  •  Delegating for Results
  • Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors
  • “Project Management for Managers and Supervisors”
  • Time Management for Managers and Supervisors”, and
  • “The Leadership Framework”.

Both U.S. and International users can purchase them from Amazon.

Because they are on Kindle, you can use Amazon’s Kindle App to store each either on your iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or other appropriate mobile device and have it readily accessible whenever you them.

For information on these Kindle versions either click the applicable link below, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input the appropriate title  in the search criteria.

For “Meetings That Work” click here

For “Team Discussion Frameworks” click here

For “Delegating For Results” click here

For “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” click here

For “Project Management for Managers and Supervisors”click here.

For “Time Management for Managers and Supervisors”click here.

For “The Leadership Framework” click here

PDF Versions

U.S. users, can enjoy the added benefits of the the PDF versions.   You can store these handbooks on your computer so you have them accessible each time you need one. They include hyperlinks so you can jump right to the page or section you need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages. If you want hard copy you can print what you need.

You can purchase single copies or share with additional users by purchasing additional licenses. This makes it easy for organizations to increase the productivity of their staffs.

 We’ve also made these handbooks very easy to afford and purchase. The most expensive single copy is $21.95.   You can purchase directly online and start using right away.

Sharing with additional users across your organization is also easy–just purchase additional licenses (also available online) and send the handbooks out by e-mail.

To view samples of each handbook, and to learn how to purchase copies, click here.

Note: PDF versions available to U.S. purchasers only at this time.  International users can purchase available Kindle Versions.

 

Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors – Part 1: Successful vs. Failed Coaching Efforts

One of the most important tasks for Managers and Supervisors is coaching their employees. Learn the skills you need to be an effective coach.

Note: Click Here to see a Sample  Kindle Version.  U.S. users can order directly.  Global users should  either click here, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” in the search criteria.

One of the most important tasks for Managers and Supervisors is coaching their employees.

Good Coaching:

  • Helps employees understand what they should be doing and how.

  • Provides employees with important information on whether they are performing up to expectation and if not, how far off the mark they are.

  • Helps employees develop and enhance new skills needed for future positions.

Yet as important as it is, for many Managers and Supervisors, it’s also one of the most dreaded.  Managers and Supervisors often worry that their employees will react negatively to a coaching discussion.  Without the proper ground work employees may feel caught off guard, and indeed react negatively to what they consider as unwarranted criticism.

Despite these reservations, the ability to effectively coach employees and help them attain the desired level of performance and/or development is often the difference between a successful or unsuccessful Manager or Supervisor.  Consequently, as a Supervisor or Manager, the ability to successfully coach your employees is one of the most important skill sets you need to develop.

Successful Coaching Efforts

Successful coaching involves a number of key ingredients.  Some of the most important are:

  • The Manager/Supervisor has credibility in the employee’s eyes that the Manager/Supervisor knows what they’re talking about.

  • The employee trusts the coach’s opinion.

  • The Manager/Supervisor sets an environment conducive to effective communication.

  • The Manager/Supervisor makes sure that the employee receives the needed training on how to perform as expected.

  • Performance expectations and measurement criteria are clear.

  • Feedback on the employee’s performance is accurate.

  • The Manager/Supervisor provides feedback on things done well as well as areas needing improvement.

  • The Manager/Supervisor actively involves the employee’s ideas on how to make needed improvements.

Coaching Efforts That Fail

When coaching fails, it’s also often for some key reasons.  Some of the common ones are:

  • The employee doesn’t trust the Manager/Supervisor.

  • The Manager/Supervisor hasn’t established credibility in the employee’s eyes that they know what they are talking about.

  • The Manager/Supervisor sets a threatening atmosphere for the discussion.

  • The Manager/Supervisor hasn’t trained the employee how to perform as expected.

  • The employee doesn’t feel they’ve been told the applicable performance expectations and how they’re going to be measured.

  • The employee doesn’t feel the Manager/Supervisor’s feedback is accurate and objective.

  • The Supervisor/Manager can’t provide specific examples of what the employee needs to improve.

  • The Manager/Supervisor only concentrates on what the employee needs to improve and doesn’t praise things done well.

So How Do I Learn These Skills?

To help you learn how to coach effectively, KAW Consulting developed  “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” an electronic handbook that walks you step by step through the process of how to coach your employees effectively.

Written in clear, easy to understand language, you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish the groundwork to have an effective coaching relationship with your employees.

  • Determine expected performance levels for your employees’ major tasks and responsibilities.

  • Provide your employees with the needed training.

  • Analyze your employees’ current level of performance against expected levels, and identify areas needing improvement.

  • Hold an effective coaching discussion to provide employees with feedback on how they are doing, and develop plans for making needed improvements.

We’ve even included sample forms you can use to identify how you want to define expected levels of performance, develop training plans, analyze how well your employees are performing, and plan an effective coaching discussion.

Available in both Kindle and PDF

To meet the demands of our global users, “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” is now available in both Kindle and PDF versions.  U.S. purchasers can purchase both. International users eligible to purchase from Amazon can purchase the Kindle Version.  Both versions allow you to have it accessible each time you need to coach an employee.

KINDLE Version

Click Here to see a Sample  Kindle Version.  U.S. users can order directly.  Global users should  either click here, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” in the search criteria.

PDF Version

For U.S. users, the PDF version allows you to store “Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” on your computer so you have it accessible each time you need to coach an employee. It includes hyperlinks so you can jump right to the page or section you need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages. If you want hard copy you can print what you need.

You can purchase single copies or share with additional users by purchasing additional licenses. This makes it easy for organizations to increase the productivity of their staffs.

You can buy single copies for the low price of $21.95.

Sharing with additional users is also easy–just purchase additional licenses at $19.95 per user.

To view a sample and instructions on how to purchase the PDF version online click here.

Note: PDF Version available to only U.S. customers at this time.

What Every Manager Needs to Know About Time Management

Time Management is one of the biggest challenges facing Managers and Supervisors. Learn the key skills you need as a Supervisor or Manager to manage your time effectively.

Note: “TIME MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” is now available in both Kindle and PDF Versions. Both U.S. and International Users can buy Kindle Versions.  PDF versions are available for U.S. purchasers.

To view a sample Kindle Version Click Here. U.S. purchasers can buy directly.  To view instructions on how to purchase international versions click here.

U.S. Purchasers who want to buy a PDF version should click here.

One of the biggest challenges Supervisors and Managers face is managing their time.  Because of the very nature of their job, Supervisors and Managers are often bombarded with competing demands on their time from staff, internal/external customers and management.  Unmanaged, these demands can prove to be overwhelming. Yet, the ability to identify and focus their attention on the most important tasks is often the difference between a successful or unsuccessful Manager or Supervisor.  Consequently, as a Supervisor or Manager, the ability to successfully manage your time is one of the most important skill sets you need to develop.

Symptoms of Poor Time Management

Find a Supervisor or Manager struggling to manage their time and you will often find common symptoms.  Among these are:

  • A Lack of a clear understanding of what they should be focusing their time on.
  • Underestimating how long things take, so schedules are unrealistic.
  • Failure to prioritize between activities.
  • Belief that Time management tools and methods are too complex and cumbersome.
  • If using a time management strategy, using one that ignores the needs of key people they deal with.
  • Inability to successfully deal with time wasters and barriers to getting things done.

Signs of Good Time Management

On the other hand, Supervisors and Managers that effectively manage their time also usually share some common traits. They have:

  • A clear handle on what they want to accomplish and when.
  • A clear understanding of the needed steps and time requirements to accomplish the tasks needed to meet these goals.
  • A daily routine that permits them to spend the needed time on each area.
  • A time management plan that also reflects the needs of other key people that they interact with such as their boss, clients, staff and colleagues they need to collaborate with on projects and issues.
  • The ability to deal with common time wasters and barriers to getting things done.

Because be able to manage your time is such an important skill, KAW Consulting developed “TIME MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS”, an electronic handbook that will help you learn these vital skills.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Analyze your job and identify what you should focus your time on to achieve what’s expected and your own personal goals.
  • Develop an ideal picture of how to allocate your time between your various activities.
  • Analyze how you are currently spending your time and identify the gaps from your ideal picture.
  • Develop weekly and daily schedules so you focus your time on the activities needed to achieve your goals.
  • Deal with time management challenges such as unexpected interruptions, non critical phone calls, high volumes of e-mail, and unproductive meetings.

Unlike most books on time management that are too complicated and hard to understand,  “TIME MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” is exactly the opposite. It’s written in easy to understand language that walks you step by step through the process of managing your time more effectively. We’ve even included sample forms you can use to identify how you want to spend your time, track how you’re currently spending it versus how you’d like to, and develop the weekly and daily plans to get what you want done.

Available in both Kindle and PDF

To meet the demands of our global users, TIME MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS is now available in both Kindle and PDF versions.  U.S. purchasers can purchase both. International users eligible to purchase from Amazon can purchase the Kindle Version.  Both versions allow you to have it accessible each time you need it.

KINDLE Version

Kindle versions allow you to store “TIME MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” either on your Kindle or Kindle app (where available) on your iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or other appropriate tablet and have it readily accessible whenever you need to determine how best to manage your time.

For information on the Kindle version either click here, or visit your applicable Amazon website and input “TIME MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” in the search criteria.

PDF Version

For U.S. users, the PDF version allows you to store “TIME MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS” on your computer so you have it readily accessible. It includes hyperlinks so you can jump right to the page or section you need without having to spend time scrolling through unneeded pages. If you want hard copy you can print what you need.

You can buy single copies for the low price of $15.95.

Sharing with additional users is also easy–just purchase additional licenses at $14.95 per user.

To view a sample and instructions on how to purchase online click here.

Note: PDF version available to U.S. customers only at this time.